Fellows 2023-2024

Director Helen Milner is pleased to announce that the new cohort of Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance (NCGG) fellows chosen from a large pool of applicants from all over the globe will be in residence from September 2023 through June 2024.  Niehaus Fellows pursue their own research projects and contribute to the intellectual life of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance and the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

NCGG Postdoctoral Fellows

Sabrina Arias

Sabrina Arias is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in International Relations. Beginning in Fall 2024, She will be an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Lehigh University. Her research focuses on international organizations, diplomacy, and climate politics.  Her research is published in the Journal of Politics and International Studies Quarterly,and her dissertation examines why some small states—like Ireland, Costa Rica, and Liechtenstein—are effective at shaping the United Nations (UN) agenda, even in the face of powerful states’ opposition.


Lotem Bassan-Nygate

Lotem Bassan-Nygate is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a predoctoral research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative. Her research explains the domestic consequences of foreign criticism in the target and sender states. Lotem’s ongoing work examines how human rights shaming shapes attitudes at home; the role of racial rhetoric in shaping dynamics of foreign criticism; and the generalizability of international relations experiments beyond the U.S. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Experimental Political Science, World Trade Review, and International Relations.


Soohyun Cho

Soohyun Cho is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science with a graduate minor in Applied Statistics from Ohio State University. Her research interests are at the intersection of international political economy, gender politics, and political methodology. Specifically, she explores the relationships between economic globalization and domestic labor markets, with a focus on firms' and workers' responses to economic globalization and the diffusion of social responsibility norms in supply chains. She is currently investigating gender gaps in attitudes towards trade, automation, and refugees, and corporate social responsibility and firms’ obfuscation in supply chains. Her work has been supported by the Fulbright Fellowship, Presidential Fellowship at Ohio State, and APSA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Seoul National University. In the fall of 2024, Soohyun will be joining Bowdoin College as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Legal Studies.

Thomas Flaherty

Thomas Flaherty is a Ph.D. candidate and NSF Graduate Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. He received a B.A. in political science from UCLA in 2014. His research applies economic geography theories and big data to understand the politics of globalization. His dissertation shows how voters’ limited geographic mobility drives populist responses to trade shocks. He has published in International Organization, Economics & Politics, and The Review of International Organizations



Zoe Xincheng Ge

Zoe Ge is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics at New York University. She studies international political economy and international organizations (IOs), using formal models and a range of quantitative methods. The first strand of her research examines the institutional design of global health governance with an emphasis on the World Health Organization (WHO). Drawing on fieldwork at the WHO headquarters, Zoe investigates whether weak IOs like the WHO can facilitate deeper cooperation from their members. The second strand of her research explores how global value chains (GVCs) affect the evolution of international institutions. Her other research considers firms’ influence in the era of rising trade barriers. 


Zuhad Hai

Zuhad Hai is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Stanford University and an incoming Assistant Professor of Politics at New York University. He studies how societies manage -- or fail to manage -- industrial and technological change in a globalized world. One stream of his research agenda looks at how political institutions mediate the politics of industrial rise and decline. Another stream looks at how scientific change affects international cooperation over environmental issues such as climate change. His research has been published in the Journal of Politics and Science Advances. Before his Ph.D., Zuhad worked at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He holds a BA in Mathematics and Economics from Grinnell College and an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago.


Gino Pauselli

Gino Pauselli is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science and Master's candidate in Statistics. His research examines how multiple actors contribute to human rights progress and backlash around the world. In his dissertation, he studies how criticism from states leads to the expansion and contraction of rights granted to the LGBT community. In another set of projects, he explores the role of NGOs in the promotion and protection of human rights in the Inter-American human rights system, how rising powers shift states' preferences toward human rights, and how anxieties about territorial sovereignty negatively affect the enjoyment of basic human rights. His work has been published or is forthcoming in International Studies QuarterlyPS: Political Science & PoliticsLatin American Politics and Society, Human Rights Review, and Oxford University Press.


Monica Widmann

Monica Widmann is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research explores economic reform, sovereign debt politics, and the politics of global economic governance. Her book project analyzes the role of US courts in settling disputes between creditors and debtor states. It examines the change in US foreign policy from one of recognizing absolute sovereignty to that of restrictive sovereignty, and why US courts gained the power to adjudicate over disputes involving sovereign states from the State Department. The book also explores the factors influencing judicial decision-making and the unintended consequences of judicial decisions on the debtor state's economy. To examine the development and role of US courts in disputes involving sovereign states, she collected and utilized three new data sets covering a time frame from 1811 until March 2022 that provide detailed information on sovereign litigation cases.


Visiting Fellows

Simone Dietrich

Simone Dietrich is Associate Professor in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Professor Dietrich studies foreign aid and the role of international organizations in world politics. Her book, States, Markets, and Foreign Aid, appeared with Cambridge University Press in 2021. Her current research project examines whether powerful donors can push their political objectives through seemingly more technical processes like the OECD DAC`s peer review system and whether peer review can exert an independent influence on member state practices. She is a former postdoctoral research fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University (2011-2012). She received her PhD from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011.


Soo Yeon Lee

Soo Yeon Kim is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the National University of Singapore.  She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University and a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Yonsei University. Professor Kim's research and teaching areas are International Political Economy, International Political Economy of Asia, and Research Methods, with a specialization in trade politics. She is the author of Power and the Governance of Global Trade (2011, Series in Political Economy, Cornell University Press). Her current research focuses on free trade agreements in Asia and on rising powers in the global economy.