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Ute Mehnert

Ute Mehnert

Lecturer

Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies

umehnert@princeton.edu

Ute Mehnert is a historian and journalist who has been teaching European history as a lecturer for PIIRS since 2013. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Cologne, Germany. Her research has lately focused on economic and entrepreneurial history. An essay on the history of Silicon Valley and a biographical essay on the IT entrepreneur Andy Bechtolsheim are about to be published in the research project Immigrant Entrepreneurship of the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. Her biographical essay on the German-American entrepreneur Lillian Vernon was selected for a printed volume of outstanding essays from that project, which is expected to be published later in 2016. More broadly, she has worked on the history of international and transnational relations. For an article on the career of the catchphrase "Yellow Peril" in German-American relations, published in the Historische Zeitschrift and (in English) in the Journal of American History, she won the Foreign Language Article Price of the Organization of American Historians. Before moving to the U.S. in 2006, she worked as a journalist for the international news agency Agence France-Presse in Berlin. A second edition of her book USA: Vertraute Bilder, fremdes Land (familiar pictures, foreign country) was published in May 2016. This social, economic, and political portrait of the United States has also been adopted in the book program of Germany's Federal Agency for Civic Education.

Anastassia Obydenkova

Fung Global Fellow, Visiting Research Scholar

Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Office 163B

609-258-2083

ao5@princeton.edu

Obydenkova is a senior researcher at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia. Her main research interests are at the intersection of international relations, international political economy, and political science. She has published on international organizations in Eurasia, energy policy and energy dialogue, international security issues in post-Communist societies, on causes and consequences of democratization, the role of historical legacies in regime transition, federalism and decentralization, inter-ethnic and cross-border disputes, and on autocratic and democratic external influences. Her most recent work analyzes the impact of political regimes (democracies versus autocracies), of corruption on social trust to international organizations in Eurasian states, and the dynamic of the interrelationship between non-democratic states and international organizations. Ph.D. in political and social science, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

Jong Hee Park

Jong Hee Park

Fung Global Fellow, Visiting Research Scholar

Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Office 163A

609-258-1738

jonghp@princeton.edu

Park is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Seoul National University, South Korea. His research interests include international political economy, development and cooperation, and political methodology. He is interested in developing research methods that enable researchers to investigate historical changes in network data, text data, and discrete data. At Princeton, he will examine the relational level of analysis in international relations by investigating the evolution of international treaty network for the last century. Ph.D. in political science, Washington University in St. Louis. 

Benoit Pelopidas

Visiting Fellow, Global Systemic Risk

Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies

benoit.pelopidas@princeton.edu

Pelopidas is a Lecturer (assistant professor with tenure) in International Relations at the University of Bristol (Global Insecurities Center), and an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University.
He received his Ph.D. in politics from Sciences Po (Paris) and the University of Geneva. He has been awarded two international prizes for his research, from the International Studies Association and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. He also received the Swiss Network for International Studies’ award for best dissertation of the year.
His research focuses on experts and intellectuals’ roles in the global politics of nuclear vulnerability, the cases of near use of nuclear weapons, the lessons learned from global nuclear history and French nuclear policies. He is currently completing an edited volume on the experience of the Cuban missile crisis worldwide as an early set of experiences of global nuclear vulnerability and its implications for security, responsibility and alliance dynamics. During his stay at Princeton, he will investigate experts’ overconfidence as a source of global systemic risk in the nuclear and financial worlds

Lena Rethel

Lena Rethel

Fung Global Fellow, Visiting Research Scholar

Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Office 162A

609-258-5693

lrethel@princeton.edu

Rethel is an associate professor of international political economy at the University of Warwick, UK. To date, her research has focused on the relationship between finance and development and the emergence of alternative economies with a regional focus on Southeast Asia. More specifically, Rethel's work has concentrated on the question of how states engage new financial ideas and practices, how this leads to institutional change (in particular the expansion of capital markets) and the socio-economic implications of these changes. During her time at Princeton, she will look into how various Islamic economies – finance, halal products and tourism, to name a few – are governed and how this compares to traditional arrangements of global economic governance. Ph.D. in politics and international studies, University of Warwick, UK.

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