Fellows 2020-2021

The Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance (NCGG), directed by Helen V. Milner, is pleased to announce the selection of its 2020-2021 fellows for the Center’s two fellowship programs: Globalization and Governance Fellowship Program, and the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Regional Political Economy.

The 16th cohort of NCGG fellows chosen from a large pool of applicants from all over the globe will be in residence in September 2020 through June 2021, pursuing their own research projects and contributing to the intellectual life of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance and the School of Public and International Affairs.

NCGG Postdoctoral Fellows

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Colin Chia is a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Cornell University. His research focuses on the contestation of international orders, the politics of sovereignty, and social hierarchies in international politics, particularly in the areas of international security and political economy. His dissertation project, "Hegemony, Hierarchy, and the Contestation of International Orders", examines clashes over social position and visions of international order in the post-Cold War period. It questions why international actors challenge or defend the legitimacy of existing international orders, and examines how political efforts by a variety of actors seeking to define their identities and place on the world stage affects the rules of the game in international politics. He holds a BA from the University of British Columbia and an MA in political science from McGill University.


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Anne Jamison is finishing a joint Ph.D. in the Department of Political Science and the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research interests lie at the intersection of international political economy and management, with a special focus on the politics of foreign direct investment and political risk management. Anne’s dissertation examines the consequences of political violence for firms investing in the developing world. She earned her MA in political science at UW–Madison and her BSFS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She also has two years of experience working in international development. 


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Nikhil Kalyanpur researches how global rules can serve as both a channel for economic protection and a mechanism to target political competition. Using original datasets and elite interviews, his book project analyzes why plutocrats from some emerging markets sue each other in foreign courts. Prior to pursuing a PhD at Georgetown, he received a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Brown University and worked as a Research Associate at Harvard Business School. His work is published in the European Journal of International Relations, International OrganizationJournal of Common Market StudiesJournal of Global Security Studies, and the Review of International Political Economy.


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Deferred until September 2021.
Anna Meyerrose
 received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Ohio State University in 2019. Her research interests lie at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics, with a particular focus on the ways in which international organizations and other external actors both condition and also create challenges for domestic democratic institutions. Her current book project builds on her dissertation, which combines large-n analysis and an in-depth case study of the European Union to show that international organizations have unintentionally made democratic backsliding more likely in new democracies. This project finds evidence that these organizations contribute to backsliding by simultaneously neglecting to support important democratic institutions other than elections and elites, increasing relative executive power, and limiting domestic policy options via membership requirements. 


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Jeheung (Jay) Ryu is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Rochester. He holds M.P.P. in Public Policy and B.A.in International Relations and Economics from Seoul National University. His research interests include international political economy and quantitative methodology, and combines substantive topics in international trade politics, foreign direct investment, and economic sanctions with statistical methods, including Bayesian inference, text mining, and causal inference. In his dissertation, he explores how domestic actors influence the level of trade liberalization and who controls international trade regimes at the multilateral and bilateral/regional levels. His recent work has appeared in The Review of International Organizations.


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Nicole Wu is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Michigan. Her research examines the political consequences of two of the most important changes in the contemporary world economy: technological change and the rise of China. Using surveys, experiments, and in-depth interviews, her dissertation explores mass attitudes toward workplace automation and globalization in the United States, China, and Japan. She has other published and ongoing work on trade related to China. She holds a MA in Political Science from Michigan and a BSSc (First Class Honors) in Government and Public Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Previously, she was a visiting student at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Berkeley.


Regional and Political Economy Postdoctoral Fellows

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Deferred until September 2021.
Rana B. Khoury
 is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science and graduate fellow of the Buffett Institute at Northwestern University. Her research interests include contentious politics, displacement, international aid, and Middle East politics. Her dissertation examines the impacts of international assistance on trajectories of civilian activism in the course of the Syrian conflict. Rana has studied or conducted fieldwork in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey, and uses multiple methods to answer her research questions. Her work has been published in Perspectives on PoliticsMiddle East Law and Governance, and Forced Migration Review. She has received support for her research from the Social Science Research Council, the Council for American Overseas Research Centers, and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius Foundation. Rana holds an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science from American University. 


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Erin York is a research fellow at the Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School and a PhD candidate in Political Science at Columbia University. Her research addresses institutions under autocracy, with a focus on legislative institutions and opposition participation. Additional research interests include the political economy of the Middle East and North Africa as well as ethnicity and migration. Beginning in Fall 2021, she will be Assistant Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University.