Former Visiting Fellows

2022-2023 Scholars


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.



Haillie Na-Kyung Lee is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Seoul National University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of international political economy, international institutions, and international business. She is especially interested in topics such as state-business relations, investor-state arbitration, firm non-market strategies, commercial diplomacy, and firm-based explanation of political outcomes. Her work has been published in International Organization and Social Science Quarterly. She is a former postdoctoral research fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University (2018-2019). She received Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Georgetown University in 2018 and graduated Cum Laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in Politics and a certificate in East Asian studies.


2021-2022 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.

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.