Rachel Wellhausen

Former EU Program Affiliates
Visiting Faculty and Fellows
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Rachel Wellhausen is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at the Woodrow Wilson School. She will start as an  Assistant Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin and a faculty affiliate at the McCombs School of Business in 2013. Rachel's primary field of interest is the political economy of international investment and finance. Her dissertation examines the conditions under which emerging economy governments maintain or break the contracts they enter into with foreign investors. She finds that investor nationality is a key determinant of contract sanctity. Governments that host investors from a greater diversity of countries gain space to trade off contract sanctity in favor of domestic goals. Rachel's regional expertise is in Eastern Europe, and she has published on the political economy of emerging technologies. Rachel received her Ph.D. from MIT. She also earned an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and three B.A. degrees from the University of Arizona.