Sheena Chestnut Greitens
Mentor: Jacob N. Shapiro, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University
Sheena Chestnut Greitens explores a particularly timely question: why are some authoritarian regimes at times more or less violent than others? By exploring a variety of regimes, Greitens’ work has the potential to shed light not just on the nature of these states, but on the kinds of foreign policies best suited to dealing with authoritarian governments. Her dissertation is titled “Intelligent Autocrats: Secret Police & State Violence Under Authoritarianism.” Greitens has published in International Security.