Welcome! I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. My research is in International Relations and Political Economy. I investigate the micro-foundations of international cooperation on trade and investment, using microeconomic theory, statistical methods, and case studies.
My current project offers a rational-choice theory of trade preferences to explain long-run cycles in trade policy. Contrary to conventional wisdom, economic uncertainty has a surprising appeal to voters. In relatively closed economies, increasing (rather than reducing) such uncertainty induces trade liberalization. In open economies, uncertainty can prompt protectionism among free trade's winners.
Currently, I am a graduate student affiliate of the Niehaus Center for Global Governance, the Research Program in Political Economy, and the Program for Quantitative and Analytical Political Science (Q-APS). Previously, I was with the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA), the Harvard-Yenching Institute, and the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C.
For any suggestions or inquiries, please feel free to contact me at ipark[at]princeton.edu.