I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles Department of Political Science and will join Washington University in St. Louis as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in September 2018. My research interests lie in international and comparative political economy, focusing on the sources and distributional effects of trade and exchange rate policy. My dissertation, "Chains That Bind: Global Value Chain Integration and Currency Conflict," examines how changing trade patterns over the previous 25 years act as a bulwark against currency manipulation. Before joining UCLA, I earned my M.Sc. in Economics and Management Science from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2012), a M.A. in Politics from New York University (2010), and my B.A. in Political Science from DePaul University (2007) after completing two years of coursework at the United States Military Academy at West Point (2003-2005; honorable discharge from the U.S. Army). In 2013, I interned at the World Trade Organization in Geneva where I was a contributor to the 2014 World Trade Report.
Ryan Weldzius Ph.D. Candidate UCLA | Department of Political Science 4289 Bunche Hall Los Angeles, CA 90095 Email: rweldzius [at] ucla.edu