Jason McMann, Akko Old City, June 2009

Iam a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Politics at Princeton University specializing in international relations, comparative politics, and political methodology. My substantive interests include the relationship between international capital flows and domestic politics, public opinion on trade and foreign direct investment (FDI), and economic policymaking in authoritarian regimes. My dissertation examines the conditions under which autocratic regimes open to international capital flows (specifically FDI) and the implications of openness for the survival of autocratic leaders. The dissertation argues that decisions about the degree and structure of economic openness are strategic choices made by autocratic leaders seeking to prolong their survival in office.