Harris Public Policy
Austin Wright’s scholarly research leverages micro-level data to study the political economy of conflict and crime, from colonial Colombia and dynastic China to modern insurgencies in Afghanistan and Pakistan. His research also addresses broad questions in international relations and international political economy. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, the Asia Foundation, and the World Bank.
He received a BA in government and sociology and a BS in communication sciences from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MA and PhD in politics from Princeton University. His undergraduate theses were honored with numerous awards, including the William Jennings Bryan Prize in Government, the George H. Mitchell Student Award for Academic Excellence, the Rapoport-King Thesis Scholarship, and the top prize in the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research Undergraduate Research Paper Competition. While at Princeton, Wright was selected for the George Kateb Prize for Best Preceptor in Politics, which is awarded annually to the graduate instructor who demonstrates the greatest promise as an educator.
Wright is affiliated with The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts and is a non-resident fellow of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University.