Alumni (National Fellow)

Sheena Greitens

National Fellow
B.A. Stanford University (2005)
M.Phil. University of Oxford (2007)
Ph.D. Harvard University (2012)
Dream Mentor:
Jacob Shapiro
Princeton University
Fields of Interest:
Foreign Policy
International Relations
Region: Asia-Pacific
Region: China


Sheena Chestnut Greitens is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Missouri and co-director of the university’s Institute for Korean Studies. She is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for East Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution and an associate in research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. Dr. Greitens holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University; an M.Phil from Oxford University, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar, and a B.A. from Stanford University. In August of 2020, Dr. Greitens will join the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Thesis Description:

Intelligent Autocrats: Secret Police & State Violence Under Authoritarianism
Her dissertation, “Intelligent Autocrats: Secret Police & State Violence Under Authoritarianism,” 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.

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