Former Visiting Research Scholars

2019-2020 Scholars


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Benjamin Fordham is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Binghamton University (SUNY). His research concerns the politics of foreign policy and the impact of domestic political and economic considerations on policy choice. Most of it has focused on the United States, but he has also explored similar processes using cross-national data. His most recent work has appeared in International OrganizationInternational Studies Quarterly, and Foreign Policy Analysis. He is currently working on a book about American foreign policy in the 1890-1914 period, when the country emerged as a world power but before it became the hegemon. It will examine how the domestic politics of trade and the nature of the international environment shaped related policy choices across a range of issues including intervention in less developed areas, political relations with other major powers, military spending, and the definition of American interests in various regions of the world. Originally from Houston, Texas, he received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


S. P. Harish is an Assistant Professor in the Government Department at the College of William & Mary. He specializes in political economy of development with an emphasis on state capacity, political violence and energy access, especially in Southeast and South Asia. He has a PhD in Political Science from New York University, and a Masters in International Relations from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. He has published in journals like the American Political Science ReviewJournal of Political EconomyJournal of Politics, and Science Advances, and his work has also been featured in popular outlets such as the Economist, The Atlantic, NY Mag, Marginal Revolution and Ideas for India.


Xun Pang is Y. Yangtze Professor of International Relations at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) and founding director of the Tsinghua International Relations Data and Computing Lab. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis. Prof. Pang’s research interests include International Political Economy and Political Methodology. She develops Bayesian methods for TSCS data analysis, focusing on modeling interdependence and dynamics with TSCS data for causal inference and network interactions. Her research also examines how new features of globalization, such as global value chains and the rise of emerging economies, impact behavior of nation-states and firms. Her work has appeared in journals such as Social Sciences in China,Political Analysis, and International Organizations.


2018-19 Scholars


Daniel L. Nielson, Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University, joined the Center during the fall semester as a Visiting Research Scholar. Dan is a co-founder, principal investigator, and former Chief Social Scientist of AidData.  He is also co-founder and former Director of the Political and Economic Development Labs at Brigham Young University. He received his Ph.D. in international affairs from the University of California, San Diego. He played a key supporting role in the development and execution of the Center’s educational and research initiatives while pursuing his own research and contributing to the intellectual life of the Center and the School of Public and International Affairs. In addition, Dan conducted several workshops on experimental methods and best research practices with faculty, fellows and graduate students associated with the Center.