Visiting Research Scholars

The Center created a new program, Visiting Research Scholar that began during the fall semester of the 2018-2019 academic year. Reporting to the Director of the Niehaus Center, the visiting research scholar plays a key supporting role in the development and execution of the Center’s educational and research initiatives while pursuing their own research and contributing to the intellectual life of the Center and the School of Public and International Affairs. The position requires one to work with the Center leadership to design and execute initiatives aimed at enhancing scholarship in international politics and international institutions along with mentoring the Center fellows and associated graduate students from the Departments of Economics, Politics and the School of Public and International Affairs.

Current Scholars

Leslie Johns is a professor of political science and law at UCLA. ​Her research focuses on international organizations, political economy, and law. ​Her work appears in the American Political Science Review, International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution and the Journal of Politics.  Her 2015 book–Strengthening International Courts: The Hidden Costs of Legalization–was published by the University of Michigan Press. She received the Michael Wallerstein Award for political economy in 2017.

She is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations (2012–2017), and a former Visiting Associate Research Fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University (2012–2013).


Peter Rosendorff is Professor of Politics at NYU with an affiliate appointment at NYU-Abu Dhabi. He serves as editor of Economics and Politics, on the editorial board of International Organization, and is a founding member of the Global Research in International Political Economy webinar. His research interests include the political economy of trade and investment, sovereign debt, transparency and governance, international organizations, and the anti-globalization backlash. His 2018 book (together with James R. Hollyer and James R. Vreeland),  Information, Democracy and Autocracy: Economic Transparency and Political (In)Stability, published by Cambridge University Press, explores the causes and consequences of information flows on democratic stability and autocratic survival.  

Previously he was Director of the Center for International Studies and Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California.