Rachel L. Wellhausen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Government
McCombs School of Business (by courtesy)
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (by courtesy)
University of Texas at Austin
Email: rwellhausen at utexas dot edu
Office: BAT 4.138 (512.232.7202)
Mail: 158 W 21st St., Stop A1800
Austin, TX 78712-1704
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 examines the conditions under which governments maintain or break the commitments they make to foreign investors. She finds that investor nationality is a key determinant of contract sanctity and that governments hosting investors from a greater diversity of countries gain space to trade off contract sanctity in favor of domestic goals. Evidence includes cross-national quantitative analysis and casework drawn from over 150 interviews of foreign investors in Ukraine, Moldova, and Romania, with follow-up work in Russia and Azerbaijan. 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, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Business and Politics, Global Policy, Journal of International Dispute Settlement, and other outlets. 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). Rachel has experience living and working in London; Irkutsk, Russia; and elsewhere in Central and Eastern Europe.