Rachel L. Wellhausen, Ph.D.
Department of Government
University of Texas at Austin
2021-22: Visiting Associate Professor
McDonough School of Business
563 Rafik B. Hariri Building
37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20057
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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. In 2021-2022, I am a Visiting Associate Professor at the Georgetown McDonough School of Business, in the Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy group. My primary field of interest is international political economy, and specifically the political economy of international investment and finance.
I have published in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, Journal of Politics, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, AEA Papers and Proceedings, British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Review of International Organizations, 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.
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).