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Next up for PSAC: Rachel L. Wellhausen, University of Texas at Austin

Tue, 03/06/2018

Rachel L. Wellhausen is an Assistant Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2012-2013 she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. Rachel's primary field of interest is the political economy of international investment and finance. Her current research focuses on political risk; international investment law; the politics of sovereign debt management; and the political economy of semi-sovereign territories, dependencies, and indigenous lands. 
In The Shield of Nationality: When Governments Break Contracts with Foreign Firms(Cambridge University Press 2015), Rachel finds that governments hosting investors from a greater diversity of countries gain space to break property rights commitments to foreign firms in favor of domestic goals. The dissertation on which the book is based won the Mancur Olson award from the American Political Science Association for the best dissertation in political economy in 2011-2012. 
Rachel has published in the American Political Science Review, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Business and Politics, Global Policy, Journal of International Dispute Settlement, PS: Political Science & Politics, and other outlets. She received the Michael Wallerstein Award from the American Political Science Association for the best paper published in political economy in 2016. 
She is co-editor of Production in the Innovation Economy (MIT Press 2014, with Richard M. Locke), which resulted from MIT's interdisciplinary project on innovation and production. 
Rachel received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She holds a M.Sc. with Distinction in European Political Economy: Transition from the London School of Economics. She is a graduate of the Honors College at the University of Arizona and holds a B.A. in Economics, a B.A. in English with Honors, and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Russian Studies, German Studies, and Political Science). 

Photo: Rachel L. Wellhausen, Assistant Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin