Frederick R. Chen


I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 2021–22, I will be a pre-doctoral fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University.

My research interests focus on the intersection of economics and security as well as the interactions between domestic politics and international relations. Topics on which I have published or am currently working include international conflict, foreign policy, trade, foreign investment, and public opinion. My work has appeared in the Journal of Politics and Conflict Management & Peace Science. I received the David A. Lake Award for the best paper at the 2019 International Political Economy Society (IPES) Conference and the Genevieve Gorst Herfurth Award for the best research by a graduate student in the social sciences at the University of Wisconsin in 2019–20.

I earned my M.A. in International Relations from Peking University (2016) and B.A. in International Politics (with Distinction) from Tsinghua University (2013). Prior to coming to the University of Wisconsin–Madison, I was a visiting graduate student in the Department of Political Science at Yale University and at the University of Alberta.