Ryan M. Powers
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. I specialize in international relations and comparative politics. My research interests include mass preferences for globalization, international trade agreements, foreign aid, and international organizations.
My research is published in International Organization and World Development. I have received outside support for my research through a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant, and a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
I have also published a number of pieces on The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post and in Foreign Policy.
I maintain an affiliation with the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations at the College of William & Mary as a Principal Investigator on the Teaching, Research and International Policy (TRIP) Project.
A Dynamic Theory of Mass Trade Preferences. Public support for trade openness changes over time. I document this variation and draw on the existing literature on the cross-sectional determinants of protectionist sentiment at the individual level to develop a dynamic theory of mass trade preferences. I argue that support for trade openness varies over time as a result of changes in the relative salience of the cross-cutting effects of trade liberalization: access to a wider variety of less costly consumer goods and the displacement of workers as a result of increased competition from abroad. When individuals feel economically secure, the potential consumer/price effects of trade are more salient. When individuals feel economically insecure, the potential employment/income effects of increased openness become more salient. In the aggregate, these dynamics cause the public to retreat to the perceived safety of policies that protect their income and/or employment prospects in times of economic decline or crisis, but become more accepting of increased trade in times of relative prosperity. I test this argument using observational and experimental survey data at the individual and aggregate levels.
“The Gender Citation Gap in International Relations.” 2013. International Organization, 67(4): 889-922 (with Daniel Maliniak and Barbra F. Walter). Media coverage: The Economist, Inside Higher Ed, Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Monkey Cage.
“More Dollars than Sense: Refining Our Knowledge of Development Finance Using AidData.” 2011. World Development, 39:1891–1906 (with Michael J. Tierney, Daniel L. Nielson, Darren G. Hawkins, J. Timmons Roberts, Michael G. Findley, Bradley Parks, Sven E. Wilson, and Rob Hicks).
Working Papers and Projects in Progress
“The Unipolar Fallacy: Common Agency, American Interests, and the International Financial Institutions” (with Mark Copelovitch, Daniel Nielson, and Michael J. Tierney).
“The Global Study of International Relations,” (with Daniel Maliniak, Susan Peterson, and Michael J. Tierney).
“Veto Players and Conditional Commitment to U.N. Human Rights Agreements” (with Patrick Kearney).
“International Status and Presidential Approval” (with Jonathan Renshon).
“Are Mass Preferences for Foreign Aid Like Mass Preferences for Trade?”
“Do Americans think strategically when they think about trade?.” July 15, 2015. Guest post on The Monkey Cage (with Jon Pevehouse).
“Snap Poll: Is a Soccer Scandal More Scandalous If It Involves Putin?.” June 22, 2015. Foreign Policy (with Daniel Maliniak, Susan Peterson, and Michael J. Tierney).
“Snap Poll: Is the Iran Deal Good for Your Country's National Security?.” March 18, 2015. Foreign Policy (with Daniel Maliniak, Susan Peterson, and Michael J. Tierney).
“The Best International Relations Schools in the World.” February 3, 2015. Foreign Policy (with Daniel Maliniak, Susan Peterson, and Michael J. Tierney).
“Snap Poll: How Likely Is War With Russia in the Next 10 Years?” January 28, 2015. Foreign Policy (with Daniel Maliniak, Susan Peterson, and Michael J. Tierney).
“Is the Public Really Learning to Love Globalization?” June 11, 2014. Guest post on The Monkey Cage (with Daniel Maliniak).
“Snap Poll: Does Obama Need to Put Troops in Ukraine to Prove America Is Tough?” June 2, 2014. Foreign Policy (with Daniel Maliniak, Susan Peterson, and Michael J. Tierney).
“Snap Poll: The View from the Ivory Tower.” March 7, 2014. Foreign Policy (with Daniel Maliniak, Susan Peterson, and Michael J. Tierney).
“Closing the Gender Citation Gap: Introducing RADS.” October 1, 2013. Guest post on The Monkey Cage (with Daniel Maliniak).
“Are There Neoconservative Wolves in the Realist Flock?” January 25, 2012. Guest post on Daniel Drezner's blog at Foreign Policy (with Daniel Maliniak and Michael J. Tierney).
“Does Political Science Research Inform Policy Opinions of Scholars?” January 18, 2012. Guest post on The Monkey Cage (with Michael J. Tierney).
Teaching Assistant, PS 371: International Political Economy, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, and Summer 2015 for Professor Mark Copelovitch.
egen scorr(). A small Stata command that extends the egen command to calculate Spearman's rank correlation coefficient.
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