Rachel L. Wellhausen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Government
McCombs School of Business (by courtesy)
University of Texas at Austin
Summer/Fall 2018 office hours: By appointment
Office: BAT 4.138 (512.232.7202)
Email: rwellhausen at utexas dot edu
Mail: 158 W 21st St., Stop A1800
Austin, TX 78712-1704
Rachel L. Wellhausen is an Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also an Associate Professor (by courtesy) in the Business, Government, and Society Department at the McCombs School of Business and an affiliate of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Previously 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. Rachel is co-director of Innovations for Peace and Development, an interdisciplinary research program at UT Austin that provides mentored research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.
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 book won the Best Book Award (of books published 2015-2017) from the International Political Economy Society. 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 (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, with Leslie Johns.
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).