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 third year doctoral candidate at the Pennsylvania State University. She is pursuing a dual-title PhD in Political Science and Asian Studies with a concentration in international relations. Prior to attending Penn State, Aubrey received a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Augustana College in 2016.

Aubrey’s research examines the political consequences of China's global rise, with a particular focus on China's foreign economic policy. Her current projects include an assessment of the relationship between Chinese foreign direct investment and authoritarian leader survival, and an investigation of FDI in primary resources and government lead mass killing. Aubrey Waddick has also received several awards to pursue her work, including a Graduate Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, and field-work funding through a Henry Luce Foundation supported exchange program.