Rachel L. Wellhausen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Government
McCombs School of Business (by courtesy)
University of Texas at Austin
Spring 2019 office hours: M 11:30-13; W 8:30-10
Office: BAT 4.138 (512.232.7202)
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. 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. Previously she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University.
Rachel's primary field of interest is international political economy, and specifically the political economy of international investment and finance. Her current research focuses on political risk; international investment law; the politics of sovereign debt management; equity issues around property rights; and the political economy of semi-sovereign territories and indigenous lands.
Her book The Shield of Nationality: When Governments Break Contracts with Foreign Firms (Cambridge University Press 2015) won the Best Book Award (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, American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, Journal of Politics, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, 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 also co-editor of the book 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).