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Aidan Milliff


Aidan is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2021-2022, he is a USIP-Minerva Peace and Security Scholar, and a predoctoral fellow at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University. His research combines computational social science methods and qualitative tools to answer questions about the cognitive, emotional, and social forces that shape political violence, migration, and the politics of South Asia. Before MIT, Aidan was a James C. Gaither Junior Fellow in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was born and raised in Colorado.


Valentina Gonzalez-Rostani


I’m a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pittsburgh and a Mellon Predoctoral Fellow. My main research interests lie at the intersection of international political economy and comparative politics. My dissertation generates novel insights into the political economy of job automation, the primary driver of economic polarization, by investigating the causal mechanisms influencing individuals’ political attitudes and the impact of electoral institutions on political actors’ responses. I study the interplay between economic, cultural, and institutional factors using mixed-methods approaches that combine quantitative analysis, text-as-data, survey experiment, and formal modeling. I am also interested in international trade, inequality, climate policy, and political methodology.

Sojun Park


Sojun Park is a Ph.D. candidate in Politics at Princeton. His research expertise lies in the politics of intellectual property rights, where he studies how public interests shape business-government and inter-governmental relations. His job market paper shows how public pressure for government regulation of patented medicines leads to self-regulation by global drug companies, using game theory and statistical analysis. His other dissertation chapter explains how business interests shape trade policies for patent protection. His co-authored projects also examine how international organizations help member states maintain their autonomy over public policies and improve public accountability during national emergencies.

Shengqiao Lin


I am Shengqiao Lin, currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. My research centers on state-business relations with a regional focus on China. I am interested in how firms strategically respond to government intervention (e.g., policy shift, regulation, sanction), and how these interactions shape governance outcomes. My dissertation studies firm behavior responding to political risk in China using a mixed-methods approach that combines causal inference, computational methods, and in-depth interviews. My job market paper won the Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the best conference paper of APSA in 2023.

Nicola Nones


Nicola Nones is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Munk School of Public Policy and International Relations at the University of Toronto. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Virginia. His main research interests lie at the intersection of political economy and political communication, with a substantive focus on financial markets and a regional focus on European as well as G20 markets. His dissertation investigates how socially constructed media categories, such as BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) and PIIGS (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain), affect financial investors’ sentiments.

Jing Qian


My name is Jing Qian, and I am a Postgraduate Research Associate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, where I defended my dissertation in May 2023. I am also affiliated with the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. My dissertation explores the domestic and international politics of international taxation, with a focus on why — for decades — governments have been reluctant and unable to curb tax avoidance. More broadly, I study the politics of public finance, as well as transparency and replicability in quantitative research. My dissertation is supported by the Princeton University Multi-Center Graduate Student Dissertation Grant. Some of my work has been published in International Organization and Public Administration.

Jihye Park


I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science at University of Rochester. I hold Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Yonsei University. My research interests mostly center around international political economy, trade policy, firm lobbying and quantitative methodology (with particular interest in quasi-experimental methods).

Hao Zhang


Hao Zhang is a PhD candidate in political science at MIT. His research interests include the politics of global production networks, state-business relations, and applied statistical models. His dissertation examines how the rise of global value chains reshapes trade coalitions and trade lobbying within and across national borders, with a regional focus on China and the US. A related stream of his research investigates the political foundations of China’s rise in global value chains. His work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science and the Chinese Journal of International Politics.

Elisa Navarra


I am a Ph.D. candidate in Economics affiliated to the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics. I am also a research fellow at the Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS). My research interests are in international trade, focusing on subsidies, political economy of trade, and firm environmental responsibility. Before starting my Ph.D., I studied at Bocconi University, where I completed a BSc and a MSc in Economics and Social Sciences, and at Université Catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), where I pursued a MRes in Economics. During the a.y. 2022-23, I visited the Investment Research Section of the Division on Investment & Enterprises (DIAE) at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) working as Associate Economic Affairs Officer.

Christian Elliott


Christian works at the intersection of international relations and public policy, specializing in the political economy of climate change across multiple scales. Therein, his work addresses the increasingly decentralized web of institutions and organizations that governs markets and their environmental impacts across borders. While the lion’s share of his research agenda is organized substantively on the topic of sustainable finance, his scholarship gravitates towards three overlapping areas: the consequences of institutional complexity, international-domestic interactions in public policy, and the social construction of economic interests.