Aubrey Waddick PhD Candidate


  1. Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science and Asian Studies – Penn State University, 2021 (expected)
  2. M.A. Political Science – Penn State University, 2018
  3. B.A. Political Science and Economics - Augustana College, 2016, Summa Cum Laude


Aubrey Waddick is a doctoral candidate and NSF Fellow at the Pennsylvania State University. She is pursuing a dual-title PhD in Political Science and Asian Studies with a minor portfolio in survey analysis and quantitative methodology. Her research focuses on the distributional and political consequences of Chinese foreign aid in developing democracies, and her dissertation seeks to illuminate the pathways through which recipient country elites politicize aid flows from authoritarian donors.

In addition, Waddick has a side research project examining U.S. firms’ positioning during large-scale trade disputes. She is using API-based data and text-analysis to code and analyze how businesses respond to barriers to international trade. This paper will be presented this September at the 2020 APSA meeting in San Francisco.

Aubrey Waddick received her M.A. in Political Science from Penn State in 2018. She received a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Augustana College in 2016.