Fellows 2012-2013

The Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance (NCGG), directed by Helen V. Milner, is pleased to announce the selection of its 2012-2013 fellows for the Center's three fellowship programs: Globalization and Governance Fellowship ProgramPostdoctoral Fellowship Program in Regional Political Economy, and the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Program.

The 8th cohort of NCGG fellows chosen from a large pool of applicants from all over the globe will be in residence pursing their own research projects and contributing to the intellectual life of the Center and the School of Public and International Affairs.

Globalization and Governance Fellowship Program

Through the Globalization and Governance Fellowship Program, NCGG awarded six one-year research positions to a group of very talented scholars chosen from a large pool of applicants. These awards are designed to promote basic research in the areas of international and comparative political economy, international organization, global governance, and globalization. Our scholars for the 2012-2013 academic year will be:

Andreas Fuchs is a research associate at the Chair of International and Development Politics at Heidelberg University. Under supervision of Professor Axel Dreher, he is writing his Ph.D. thesis on political determinants of foreign aid and international trade of emerging economies. His research focuses on the determinants of aid allocation decisions taken by emerging donors, notably China and India, and on the role of diplomatic tensions regarding trade ties with China. Andreas holds a Master's degree from Goethe University Frankfurt as well as from Dauphine University Paris and has worked as a trainee and consultant for the OECD.
Saumitra Jha is assistant professor of political economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He received his PhD in Economics from Stanford University in 2006. Saum will be a joint fellow at Princeton during 2012-2013 in both the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP) and the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. His work this upcoming year will focus on the role of financial innovation and innovators in reducing violent resistance to beneficial reforms. Saum plans to complete a series of papers that culminate in a book, which focuses on the role financial innovations and innovators might play in theory and have played in practice in aligning interests and reducing the incentives for conflict.
Leslie Johns earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Politics at New York University in May of 2008. She is an assistant professor of political science at UCLA. Her research focuses on the rational design of international organizations and law. While at the Niehaus Center, Leslie will work on projects that examine the design of international trade agreements and the role of third parties in WTO dispute settlement. Her work has been published in International Organization and the Journal of Conflict Resolution.
Yonatan Lupu will receive his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California - San Diego in June, 2012. His research interests include international law and institutions, courts, interdependence, and network theory. His dissertation analyzes how domestic political institutions condition the effects of commitments to international agreements on government policy. His work has been published or is forthcoming at the British Journal of Political ScienceAmerican Journal of International LawInternational Security, and Security Studies. Lupu holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. In the summer of 2013, he will join the department of Political Science at the George Washington University as an assistant professor.
James Ashley Morrison received a Ph.D. in political science and an MA in history from Stanford University in 2008. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College in Vermont. He is particularly interested in international political economy and the history of political and economic ideas. His book manuscript analyzes the influence of three seminal theorists--John Locke, Adam Smith, and JM Keynes--on pivotal shifts in Britain's foreign economic policy. A portion of this project is forthcoming in International Organization under the title "Before Hegemony: Adam Smith, American Independence, and the Origins of the First Era of Globalization."
Rachel Wellhausen will receive her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June 2012 and will start as an Assistant Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin and a faculty affiliate at the McCombs School of Business in 2013. Rachel's primary field of interest is the political economy of international investment and finance. Her dissertation examines the conditions under which emerging economy governments maintain or break the contracts they enter into with foreign investors. She finds that investor nationality is a key determinant of contract sanctity. Governments that host investors from a greater diversity of countries gain space to trade off contract sanctity in favor of domestic goals. Rachel's regional expertise is in Eastern Europe, and she has published on the political economy of emerging technologies. Rachel earned an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and three B.A. degrees from the University of Arizona.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Regional Political Economy

During the 2012-2013 academic year, the Center will welcome its fifth class of fellows in the regional political economy fellowship program created with the goal of developing a new generation of scholars able to analyze and make policy recommendations about the regional political economy in the Middle East, East, South, or Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. This fellowship program attracted 70 applicants for only two slots. The Center will welcome Alexis Antoniades and Erin Snider in September.

Alexis Antoniades is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, where he teaches courses in International Finance, Macroeconomics, and Money and Banking. Funded by a large three-year research grant by Qatar National Research Fund, Dr. Antoniades has undertaken the first micro-study on the economies of the Gulf countries, which is based on a massive set of scanner-level price data. The main objectives of his work are to raise the research profile of Qatar, and raise our understanding of how the economics of the Gulf countries work. A Fulbright/CASP Scholar, Dr. Antoniades holds a BA in Mathematics (concentration in Finance), a BA in Economics (Honors) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.A., an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University in New York. Between 2001 and 2002 he served as an Assistant Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Erin Snider recently finished her Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge where she was a Gates Scholar in the Department of Politics and International Studies. Her dissertation focused on the political economy of U.S. democracy assistance in the Middle East through an examination of USAID efforts in Egypt and Morocco since 1990. She was previously a Fulbright scholar in Egypt and has conducted fieldwork in Egypt, Morocco, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Afghanistan. Erin earned her MSc in Middle East Politics at SOAS, University of London and her BA in International Relations at James Madison University. Prior to graduate studies, she worked for several years on the landmine issue for the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations Association in New York. Her research interests include the political economy of development in the Middle East, Egyptian politics, democratization, and foreign assistance.

Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship Program

Building on a partnership established in 2001, Oxford University and Princeton University launched a postdoctoral fellowship initiative, the Global Leaders Fellowship Program, created to enhance the capacity of developing countries in the areas of scholarship and policy.

Beginning in September 2008, up to six fellowships are to be awarded annually to promising, early-career scholars from developing countries, which will allow fellows to spend one year at Oxford and one year at Princeton pursuing post-doctoral research, with funding provided by the program to cover fellows' full living costs. At Oxford they will be based at the Global Economic Governance Programme and the Centre for International Studies within the Department of Politics and International Relations. At Princeton fellows will be based in the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Global Leaders Fellowship (GLF) scholars for two-year period, FY2012-2013:

Anar Ahmadov has research interests that range across the subfields of comparative politics and political economy, with a particular interest in political regimes, energy resources, foreign aid, and fiscal policy, and the geographic focus on Central Asia, the Caucasus, and other non-Baltic former Soviet republics. His current projects investigate the role of international institutions in fostering the solution to the 'resource curse' in resource-rich developing countries and examine political determinants of economic diversification in these countries. Previously, Anar worked as the Country Director of the Caucasus Research Resource Centre in Azerbaijan, and headed the Institute of Politics and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Khazar University in Baku, Azerbaijan. He has taught courses on public policy analysis, international relations, and research methods for students of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Khazar University, Baku State University, and Leiden University. Anar has also organized and conducted numerous executive education workshops, trainings, and seminars on public policy analysis, political economy of oil, and conflict management for government, civil society, business, and academic audiences from former Soviet Union and several European countries. Anar completed his doctorate in the Department of Government at the LSE.
Luara Ferracioli holds a Bachelor Degree in International Relations, a Masters in Applied Ethics and a PhD in Philosophy, the latter completed at the Australian National University, Research School of Social Science. In her PhD thesis, she developed a new model of migration, one that accepts the right of states to control their border but simultaneously requests that they allocate membership in ways that are attentive to the needs of vulnerable members of the international community.

At Oxford, she he is conducting research on immigration and global governance. Her broader research interests include gender theory, philosophy of education and political reform in Brazil.

Apart from her academic interests, Luara has coordinated two national projects for the YWCA of Australia and has served on community boards while undertaking her PhD in Australia.
Jiyong Jin has previously worked as a research fellow at Zhejiang University, China where he conducted two national projects supported by China's Ministry of Education and China's Post-doc Foundation. In June 2009 he obtained his PhD in International Relations from Fudan University, China. He has also studied as a Fox Fellow at Yale University from 2008 to 2009. His research areas cover health diplomacy, global health governance, and U.S. health policy. Currently, he is conducting research on China's capacity building in implementing the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and its implications for global health governance.