The Department of Government
The Department of Government

Rachel Wellhausen


Assistant ProfessorPh.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Rachel Wellhausen

Contact

  • Phone: 512.232.7202
  • Office: BAT 4.138
  • Office Hours: M 1-4
  • Campus Mail Code: A1800

Interests


International political economy

Biography


Professor Wellhausen's primary field of interest is the political economy of international investment and finance. Her book with Cambridge University Press (2015), The Shield of Nationality: When Governments Break Contracts with Foreign Firms, examines the conditions under which governments maintain or break the contracts they enter into with foreign investors. Fieldwork included interviews with executives and government officials in Ukraine, Moldova, and Romania, with follow-up work in Russia and Azerbaijan. 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 in 2011-2012. Professor Wellhausen is co-editor of Production in the Innovation Economy (MIT Press 2014), which resulted from MIT's interdisciplinary project on innovation and production. She has published in the American Political Science Review, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Business and Politics, and other outlets.

Professor Wellhausen 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 earned 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).

Courses


GOV 360N • Internatl Political Economy

38755 • Fall 2017
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM GAR 0.102

GOV 360N • International Political Economy (Fall 2017)

GOV 360N.11, INTERNATL POLITICAL ECONOMY

Closing limit: 125

TTH 12:30-2PM, GAR 0.102

 

Professor: Rachel Wellhausen

TA: TBD

 

Course Description:

This course provides an overview of the study of international political economy (IPE). Its primary focus will be the role of politics and government decision-making in international economic relations. To this end, we will examine several core areas of IPE: the politics around international trade, the international monetary system, investment by multinational corporations, and international migration.

The course begins with a discussion of analytical approaches to IPE. We will use these approaches to address topics as diverse as financial crisis, trade and investment treaties, economic development policies, exchange rates, migrant remittances, and political risk. Content includes both historical and contemporary developments. While no prerequisites are required, students may supplement their understanding by referring to recommended texts on macroeconomics as the course progresses.

 

Grading Policy:

Attendance, participation, quizzes       20%

Exam 1                                             20%

Exam 2                                             30%

Final Exam                                        30%

 

Texts:

** NOTE: 6th EDITION IS REQUIRED (copyright date: 2017). ** Frieden, Jeffry, David Lake, and J. Lawrence Broz. 2017. International Political Economy: Perspectives on Global Power and Wealth. 6th edition. New York: W.W. Norton.

Oatley, Thomas. 2011. International Political Economy: Interests and Institutions in the Global Economy. 5th edition. Pearson Longman.

GOV 388L • Internatl Political Economy

38950 • Fall 2017
Meets T 9:30AM-12:30PM BAT 1.104

 

GOV 388L • International Political Economy

 

Fall 2017 Graduate Seminar

 

GOV 388L.6, INTERNATL POLITICAL ECONOMY

Closing limit: 12

T 9:30-12:30PM, BAT 1.104

 

Professor: Rachel Wellhausen

 

Prerequisites: None

 

Course Description:

This graduate seminar is designed as a PhD-level overview of international political economy (IPE), with applications to both advanced and developing countries. The syllabus is divided into four main sections: theoretical approaches to IPE, followed by topics in international trade, international monetary and financial relations, and international investment. We will also touch on related topics in IPE, including but not limited to the political economy of international migration, labor rights, and foreign aid.

 

In the course, we will review core theories in political economy. We will use these theories to identify the welfare effects and distributional consequences of foreign economic policy decisions. This will include analyzing how both domestic and international actors interact to shape policy outcomes. A key component of the course is an original research proposal, including a developed theory and research design. It is my hope that this course will generate ideas for students’ own research, leading to publishable papers and dissertation topics.

 

Grading Policy:

Class participation (20%): Students are expected to read each work on the syllabus closely and to come to class prepared to discuss, critique, synthesize, and build on the readings. Students will be expected to occasionally lead discussions. Students are expected to attend every class session. Absences should be discussed with me, and students may be required to perform a make-up assignment.

 

Four reaction papers (30%): Students are expected to write four reaction papers (2-3 pages in length), each of which critiques a week’s readings. The expectation is that these papers quickly, if at all, summarize the readings. Instead, the central focus of the papers should be on critiques of the theory or research design in one or more of the readings; further research questions suggested by the readings; relationships between the readings and other areas of political science; or other similar, creative takes on their content. Students are free to choose which four weeks’ readings they would like to critique. Reaction papers are due by the beginning of class. Retroactive papers (that discuss the prior week’s readings) are not permitted.

 

Research paper and presentation (50%): Students will write an original research proposal on a topic broadly related to international political economy. The expectation is that this will be a new research topic, perhaps related to but not replicating students’ previous work in other courses. The pedagogical purpose of this requirement is to help students develop a portfolio of potential papers and to challenge students who may not otherwise plan to specialize in IPE to understand, through experience, the kinds of questions and data in the subfield.

 

Students will turn in a one-page prospectus for topic approval approximately three weeks after the beginning of the semester. At the semester’s end, students will give a conference-style presentation on the research proposal.

 

The paper should identify a research puzzle, situate that puzzle in the relevant literature, and offer a theory with testable hypotheses to explain the puzzle. The paper should then include a research design that could address the hypotheses, including a discussion of appropriate data and methods. The student is encouraged, although not necessarily required, to have performed preliminary empirical analyses.

 

Grading:

 

93 and above                        A

            90-92                         A-

            87-89                         B+

            83-86                         B

            80-82                         B-

            77-79                         C+

            73-76                         C

            70-72                         C-

            67-69                         D+

            63-66                         D

            60-62                         D-

            59 and below            F

 

Required Texts:

 

Frieden, Jeffry. 2006. Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century.

WW Norton.

 

Jensen, Nathan M., Glen Biglaiser, Quan Li, Edmund Malesky, Pablo M. Pinto,

Santiago M. Pinto, and Joseph L. Staats. 2012. Politics and Foreign Direct Investment. Michigan Studies in International Political Economy.

 

Steinberg, David. 2015. Demanding Devaluation: Exchange Rate Politics in the

Developing World. Cornell. 

GOV 312L • Iss & Policies In Amer Gov-Hon

38510 • Spring 2017
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM MEZ B0.302

GOV 312 Honors with Writing Flag • United States in the World Economy

This course explores the changing role of the United States in the world economy over the last 150 years and the consequences for American politics. Some of the key issues to be considered include: How have the politics around the US economy changed over time, and are there lessons from the past for the present? How have phenomena like financial crisis, international trade, debates over US manufacturing, and the growth of multinational corporations shaped politics in the United States? How does the political economy of developing nations influence American politics? We will use a variety of readings from political scientists and economists to explore these issues. Course requirements include short assignments as well as two essays that will be substantially revised and expanded throughout the semester. No prerequisites are required.

Grading Policy:

Short assignments, quizzes, and activities                   20%

Peer review                                                               10%

Essay 1: First draft                                                    10%

Essay 1: Final draft                                                   20%

Essay 2: First draft                                                    20%

Essay 2: Final draft                                                   20%

 

Textbooks:

Jeffry Frieden (2006). Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century.

Pietra Rivoli (2014). The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade. (Second Edition.)

Tyler Cowen (2011). The Great Stagnation. 

GOV 360N • Internatl Political Economy

38515 • Fall 2016
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM CAL 100

GOV 360N • International Political Economy

Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to the study of international political economy. Its primary focus will be the role of politics and government decision-making in international economic relations. To this end, we will examine three core areas of IPE: the politics around international trade, the international monetary system, and investment by multinational corporations. The course begins with a discussion of analytical approaches to IPE. We will use these approaches to address topics as diverse as financial crisis, trade and investment treaties, development policies, exchange rates, and the history of international monetary relations. While no prerequisites are required, students will benefit from a familiarity with macroeconomics.

 

Grading Policy:

Attendance, participation, quizzes   20%

Exam 1                                        20%

Exam 2                                        30%

Final Exam                                   30%

 

Texts:

Frieden, Jeffry, David Lake, and J. Lawrence Broz. 2010. International Political Economy: Perspectives on Global Power and Wealth. 5th edition. New York: W.W. Norton.

Oatley, Thomas. 2011. International Political Economy: Interests and Institutions in the Global Economy. 5th edition. Pearson Longman.

GOV 312L • Iss & Policies In Amer Gov-Hon

37620 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM MEZ B0.302

GOV 312 with Writing Flag • US in the World Economy

This course explores the changing role of the United States in the world economy over the last 100 years and the consequences for American politics today. Some of the key issues to be considered include: Is globalization really a new phenomenon, and is it irreversible? How does the US interact with developing countries in an interconnected global economy? What role does politics play in shaping the US’s economic trajectory? Course requirements include in-class assignments and two essays that will be substantially revised and expanded throughout the semester. No prerequisites are required.

Grading Policy:

In-class quizzes and activities                      20%

Peer review                                                   10%

Essay 1: First draft                                        10%

Essay 1: Final draft                                       20%

Essay 2: First draft                                        20%

Essay 2: Final draft                                       20%

 

Textbooks:

Jeffry Frieden (2006). Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century.

Pietra Rivoli (2009). The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade.

Tyler Cowen (2011). The Great Stagnation. 

GOV 360N • Internatl Political Economy

37780 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM CAL 100

GOV 360N • Internatl Political Economy

Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to the study of international political economy. Its primary focus will be the role of politics and government decision-making in international economic relations. To this end, we will examine three core areas of IPE: international trade, investment by multinational corporations, and the international monetary system. The course begins with a discussion of analytical approaches to IPE. We will use these approaches to address topics as diverse as debates over “globalization,” economic development and post-communist transition, exchange rate policy, the history of international monetary relations, and the politics of financial crisis. While no prerequisites are required, students will benefit from a familiarity with macroeconomics.

 

Grading Policy:

Attendance, participation, quizzes     20%

In-class Midterm                             20%

Take-home Essay Exam                  30%

Final Exam                                     30%

 

Texts:

Frieden, Jeffry, David Lake, and J. Lawrence Broz. 2010. International Political Economy: Perspectives on Global Power and Wealth. 5th edition. New York: W.W. Norton.

Oatley, Thomas. 2011. International Political Economy: Interests and Institutions in the Global Economy. 5th edition. Pearson Longman.

GOV 312L • Iss & Policies In Amer Gov-Hon

38724 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.120

GOV 312 with Writing Flag • Issues & Policies In American Government: US in the World Economy

 This course explores the changing role of the US in the world economy, from the 1800s through the present, and the consequences of that role for American politics today. Some of the key issues to be explored include: Is globalization really a new phenomenon, and is it irreversible? What are the effects of globalization on wages and inequality, social safety nets, production, innovation, and crisis in the United States? How does the United States interact with developing countries in an interconnected global economy? The requirements include two essays that will be substantially revised and expanded throughout the semester. No prerequisites are required.

 

Grading Policy:

Peer review, attendance, participation       20%

Essay 1: First draft                                        10%

Essay 1: Final draft                                       20%

Essay 2: First draft                                        20%

Essay 2: Final draft                                       30%

 

Textbooks:

Tyler Cowen (2011). The Great Stagnation.

Pietra Rivoli (2005). The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade.

Martin Wolf (2005). Why Globalization Works.

GOV 360N • Internatl Political Economy

38910 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MEZ 1.306

GOV 360N • International Political Economy

Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to the study of international political economy. Its primary focus will be the role of politics and government decision-making in international economic relations. To this end, we will examine three core areas of IPE: international trade, the international monetary system, and investment by multinational corporations. The course begins with a discussion of analytical approaches to IPE. We will use these approaches to address topics as diverse as debates over “globalization,” economic development and post-communist transition, exchange rate policy, the history of international monetary relations, and the politics of financial crisis. While no prerequisites are required, students will benefit from a familiarity with macroeconomics.

 

Grading Policy:

Attendance, participation, quizzes     20%

In-class Midterm                                20%

Take-home Essay Exam                      30%

Final Exam                                          30%

 

Texts:

Frieden, Jeffry, David Lake, and J. Lawrence Broz. 2010. International Political Economy: Perspectives on Global Power and Wealth. 5th edition. New York: W.W. Norton.

Oatley, Thomas. 2011. International Political Economy: Interests and Institutions in the Global Economy. 5th edition. Pearson Longman.

GOV 388L • Internatl Political Economy

39495 • Spring 2014
Meets M 9:30AM-12:30PM BAT 5.102

 

Prerequisites: None

 

Course Description:

This graduate seminar is designed as a Ph.D.-level overview of international political economy (IPE), with applications to both advanced and developing countries. The syllabus is divided into three sections: international trade; international monetary and financial relations; and international investment and development. An important goal of the course is to use political economic theories to identify the welfare effects and distributional consequences of foreign economic policy decisions, and to use the tools of political science to analyze how interest groups, voters, bureaucrats, policy-makers, ideas, and power politics interact to shape policy outcomes. It is my hope that this course will generate ideas for your own research, leading to publishable papers and dissertation topics.

 

Grading Policy:

 

Class participation (20%): Students are expected to read each work on the syllabus closely and to come to class prepared to discuss and critique the readings.

 

Five reaction papers (30%): Students are expected to write five reaction papers (2-3 pages in length), each of which critiques a week’s readings. Students are free to choose which five weeks’ readings they would like to critique. Reaction papers are due at the beginning of class. Retroactive papers (that discuss the prior week’s readings) are not permitted.

 

Research proposal and presentation (50%): Students are expected to write a 15-page research proposal on a topic related to international political economy. The proposal should identify a research puzzle, situate that puzzle in the relevant literature, and offer a theory with testable hypotheses to explain the puzzle. Students will then present their research proposals in class at the end of the semester (details TBA). Students will turn in a one-page prospectus for topic approval approximately three weeks after the beginning of the semester.

 

Texts:

Frieden, Jeffry. 2006. Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century. New York: WW Norton.

 

Jensen, Nathan M., Glen Biglaiser, Quan Li, Edmund Malesky, Pablo M. Pinto, Santiago M. Pinto, and Joseph L. Staats. 2012. Politics and Foreign Direct Investment. Ann Arbor: Michigan Studies in International Political Economy.

 

Singer, David Andrew. 2006. Regulating Capital: Setting Standards for the International Financial System. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

GOV 360N • Internatl Political Economy

39250 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM MEZ B0.306

Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to the study of international political economy. Its primary focus will be the role of politics and government decision-making in international economic relations. To this end, we will examine three core areas of IPE: international trade, investment by multinational corporations, and the international monetary system. The course begins with a discussion of analytical approaches to IPE. We will use these approaches to address topics as diverse as debates over “globalization,” economic development and post-communist transition, exchange rate policy, the history of international monetary relations, and the politics of financial crisis. While no prerequisites are required, students will benefit from a familiarity with macroeconomics.

 

Grading Policy:

Attendance, participation, quizzes     20%

In-class Midterm                             20%

Take-home Essay Exam                  30%

Final Exam                                     30%

 

Texts:

Frieden, Jeffry, David Lake, and J. Lawrence Broz. 2010. International Political Economy: Perspectives on Global Power and Wealth. 5th edition. New York: W.W. Norton.

Oatley, Thomas. 2011. International Political Economy: Interests and Institutions in the Global Economy. 5th edition. Pearson Longman.

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