Department of Government, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Christoph Mikulaschek is a new Assistant Professor at the Department of Government. His research interests focus on international security and the political economy of international organizations. He received the Merze Tate Award for the best dissertation in the field of international relations from the American Political Science Association. His work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, the Journal of Conflict Resolution and the Review of International Organization.
In his book manuscript, Mikulaschek investigates three questions about international institutions and power in world politics: To what extent can minor powers constrain great powers? Do institutional norms and practices shape state behavior? And which signals do international organizations convey when they are united or divided? He explains that great powers share disproportionately large influence in international organizations with smaller states to attain unanimity, which enhances the signaling effect of these institutions. A mixed-methods analysis of the UN Security Council tests this argument by investigating decision-making in this organization, compliance with its resolutions, its impact on public attitudes, and issue-linkage across international institutions. The study combines experiments, causal inference based on natural experiments, and qualitative case studies for which Mikulaschek conducted interviews with diplomats in seven countries.
A second stream of his research focuses on political violence. A set of papers investigates Iraqi public attitudes toward ISIS, the Iraqi government, and U.S. airstrikes against ISIS, leveraging list experiments and two original national surveys. An additional article estimates the effect of UN blue helmets on violence against civilians through design-based causal inference and a case study.
Mikulaschek has served as course head or teaching fellow for lectures, seminars, and workshops on international relations, international law and institutions, violent politics, and econometrics and public policy extensions. He twice received a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from Harvard’s Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. As a teaching assistant at Princeton, he received the highest rating on a five-point scale from 61% of students who submitted course evaluations. Earlier, he volunteered to teach students from underrepresented minority communities in Kosovo.
As a Fulbright Scholar and a Schuman Fulbright Scholar, Mikulaschek completed a Masters in international affairs at Columbia before obtaining his Ph.D. in political science from Princeton. Earlier, he studied international law and institutions in Paris and Vienna. Before he started his Ph.D., Mikulaschek was a Senior Policy Analyst at the International Peace Institute in New York, where he worked with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect.