About the Fellowship

The World Politics Visiting Fellowship is sponsored annually and is intended to foster research and writing suitable for publication in the journal. Applicants should be engaged in cutting-edge empirical or theoretical work in the fields of comparative politics or international relations and preferably hold an ongoing position at a university or research institution. Visiting scholars are expected to be in residence at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies for the entire academic year.

Visiting Fellows


Antoinette  Handley is an associate professor of political science at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include the political economy of development with a focus on the role of business and the private sector in Africa. She is currently finishing up a book on the business response to social crisis, which includes an examination of the private sector response  to HIV/AIDS in four AIDS-affected countries.  While at Princeton, Handley will be working on  the nature of state formation in Africa, particularly on how the power of political elites and of the states they build are constrained or enabled by the concomitant development,  or not, of an economic class.


Monica Duffy Toft is a professor of government and public policy at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. She is also a supernumerary fellow at Brasenose College at Oxford; a global scholar of the Peace Research Institute Oslo; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Minorities at Risk Advisory Board, and the Political Instability Task Force. Toft has published widely on civil wars, territory and nationalism, and demography and religion in global politics. Her most recent books include Securing the Peace (2011); Political Demography, coauthored with Jack Goldstone and Eric Kaufmann (2012); and God’s Century, coauthored with Daniel Philpott and Timothy Shah (2012). Read More >>


Peter Hall is the Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies in the Department of Government at Harvard University. He is also a faculty associate of Harvard’s Minda de Gunzsburg Center for European Studies and co-director of the Program on Successful Societies at the Toronto-based Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Hall has published widely on European politics, comparative public policymaking, comparative political economy and institutional analysis for which he has received several prizes. His current research centers on understanding how institutions structure interaction in the political economies of developed democracies. He is exploring the evolution of “varieties of capitalism” and the political dilemmas generated by the Euro crisis and working on the issues related to methods of political science. Hall’s recent book, Social Resilience in the Neoliberal Era, was published in 2013. Earlier works include Successful Societies:How Institutions and Culture Affect Health, co-edited with Michèle Lamont (2009); Varieties of Capitalism: The Institutional Advantages of Comparative Advantage, coedited with David Soskice (2001); and the Woodrow Wilson Award-winning The Political Power of Economic Ideas (1989).


Tulia Falleti is an associate professor of political science and a senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include historical institutionalism and community participation with an emphasis in the health sector. She is the author of Decentralization and Subnational Politics in Latin America (2010), which won the Latin American Studies Association’s Donna Lee Van Cott Award for the best book on political institutions. Her articles on federalism, decentralization, authoritarianism, and qualitative methods have been published widely. She earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and, prior to joining the faculty at Penn in 2004,  taught at the Universidad de Palermo (Buenos Aires) and the Universidad de Buenos Aires. At Princeton, Falleti will work on a book project on participatory democracy and citizenship in Latin America, and, as a co-editor, on The Oxford Handbook of Historical Institutionalism.


Jonathan Kirshner is a professor of government and director of the Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Cornell University. He is also coeditor of the multidisciplinary book series, Cornell Studies in Money. His primary fields of interest are international relations and political economy. Much of his research has engaged two themes: economics and national security, and the politics of money. His book, Currency and Coercion: The Political Economy of International Monetary Power (1995) integrates these two interests with an exploration of how states can, and have, manipulated international monetary relations to advance security-related goals. Another book, Appeasing Bankers: Financial Caution on the Road to War (2007), considers how financial interests and international financial markets can shape and constrain states’ grand strategies and influence decisions about war and peace. While at Princeton, Kirshner will work on research related to American power and world politics after the financial crisis.