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.
Alastair Smith is the Bernhardt Denmark Chair of International Affairs at New York University. He is the author of 50 journal articles and five books, including The Dictator’s Handbook, Punishing the Prince and The Logic of Political Survival. He utilizes advanced game theoretic and statistical techniques to research the interface between international relations and comparative politics on a range of substantive topics. Much of his recent research focuses on the survival incentives of political leaders, the policies they pursue and what determines whether they succeed.
Erik Voeten is the Peter F. Krogh Professor of Geopolitics and Justice in World Affairs at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Government Department. Professor Voeten’s research examines the role of international institutions and law in international affairs. His new book, Ideology and International Institutions appeared with Princeton University Press in January 2021. His Current research project examines the law and political economy of climate change. Professor Voeten is a former editor of International organization, Research and Politics and the Washington Post blog the Monkey Cage. He received his PhD from Princeton University in 2001.