Rachel L. Wellhausen, Ph.D.
Department of Government
University of Texas at Austin
Batts Hall 4.138
158 W 21st St Stop A1800
Austin, TX 78712
I am an Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, with an appointment in the Business, Government, and Society Department at the McCombs School of Business. My primary field of interest is international political economy, and specifically the political economy of international investment and finance. My research agenda speaks to developing nations' policy flexibility given economic globalization, and the ways in which international market actors understand and manage resulting political risks.
I have published in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Review of International Organizations, AEA Papers and Proceedings, Cambridge University Press, MIT Press, and other outlets. I received the Best Book Award (2015-2017) from the International Political Economy Society for The Shield of Nationality: When Governments Break Contracts with Foreign Firms (Cambridge University Press 2015). I also received the Michael Wallerstein award for the best paper in political economy (American Political Science Association 2016) and the Mancur Olson award for the best dissertation in political economy (American Political Science Association 2011-2012).
At UT Austin, I am co-director of Innovations for Peace and Development, an interdisciplinary research lab that provides mentored research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. I am an affiliate of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. I also collaborate with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Center for Indian Country Development and Native partners to address inequitable access to financial services in Native communities.
In 2021-2022 I was a visiting professor at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, in the Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy group. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and I hold a M.Sc. with Distinction in European Political Economy: Transition from the London School of Economics. I am a graduate of the Honors College at the University of Arizona with 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).