I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance and a research affiliate at the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. I received my PhD in political science from the UC San Diego in 2019.

My research interests stand at the intersection of international and comparative political economy, with a specific emphasis on economic statecraft and global financial governance. In my dissertation, I examine how central banks in several of the world’s largest economies—including the U.S., China, and Japan—react to the alliances, rivalries, and geopolitical interests of their home governments. I find that central banks can leverage these political ties to deter economic misbehavior among allies, thereby averting financial crises and improving global financial stability. I have previously published on the United States’ use of financial incentives and economic coercion to induce Colombian cooperation on counter-narcotics policies.

I am also a committed educator and mentor. I have taught a variety of university courses and have also served as a research advisor and mentor for undergraduate students. My commitment to teaching has been recognized with departmental, university-wide, and national awards.

If you have questions, please contact me at avaughn@princeton.edu.