Chia-Chien Chang

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International Relations
International Political Economy
International Security
War Finance
Foreign Aid
Financial Regionalism and Statecraft


My research engages questions at the intersection of international political economy and security, with a specific focus on the interactions of finance, crises and war. My dissertation utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methods to show how domestic economic inequality and states’ war finance strategies affect their engagement in war as well as the outcome of intra-war bargaining.

My broad research agenda also explores: 1) international aid from authoritarian regimes & emerging economies, and the related consequences on political stability of recipient countries. 2) The proliferation of financial regionalism (with a regional specialization in East Asia), and its impact on global financial governance. 3) Financial globalization and military conflict.

Award and Fellowship (Selected)

Silas Palmer Scholarship (Hoover Institution Library at Stanford University). 2017
James D. Kline Award for International Studies. 2017
Chiang-Ching Kuo Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. 2017
Research Accelerator Award. 2016.
Fulbright Scholarship (Graduate Study Grant)
Louis G. Lancaster Fellowship
APSA Travel Grant
UCSB Doctoral Student Research Travel Grant


Works in Progress

“Economic Inequality, War Finance, and Intrawar Bargaining”
“Cooperation through Infrastructure: Explaining Aid Strategies of Authoritarian Regimes and Emerging Economies”
“Financial Crises, Multilateral Institutions, and the Development of Regionalism”
“Sovereign Credit and the Escalation of Interstate Conflict”

Dissertation Title: Who Pays for War? Economic Inequality, Financial Strategies, and War
Committee: Benjamin J. Cohen (Chair), Neil Narang, John T. Woolley.




Teaching Assistant

International Political Economy of Money
International Political Economy
International Security
Introduction to International Relations
International Politics
American Foreign Policy