Student Participation

A Letter From the Director

Dear Students,

I am writing as the new director of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD) at Princeton to invite you to consider becoming one of our select Undergraduate Fellows. An institute connected with the School of Public and International Affairs, LISD supports events, classes, research, and publications about matters relating to self-determination in a globalizing world. We define self-determination broadly to include topics pertaining to the role of self-governance, sovereignty, security, diversity and diplomacy involving national, international and nonstate actors.

As you can see from our website, LISD activities are diverse: just a few of our ongoing projects include working with UN diplomats to address the impact of climate change on vulnerable states, managing a real-time database of political violence in the US, studying historical legacies that divide Americans from one another, hosting top leaders from the European Union at Princeton, studying the impact of extreme-right populism on foreign policy, and sponsoring an undergraduate seminar on identity and world politics that meets in a different global city each year. LISD makes a special effort to involve undergraduate students in its projects and to connect them with experts, practitioners, and resources. As part of that effort, we are currently building a core group of undergraduate and MPA students actively involved with LISD to attend events, provide feedback on programming, and serve as ambassadors to the larger student community.

In addition to participation in LISD events and getting to work with other students with similar interests, students in this core group enjoy privileged access to visitors and professors, guidance with career concerns from our global network, assistance with thesis and other research, opportunities for research assistantships, LISD-sponsored international travel, opportunities to publish research, and a chance to help determine our programming.

If you might be interested, please contact our 2020-11 Student Ambassador, Carson Maconga ’22, at to learn more about LISD. I look forward to meeting you at one of our events.


Prof. Andrew Moravcsik

Director, Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton


How To Get Involved

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination offers a variety of opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students across Princeton University's student body. Princeton University graduate and undergraduate students are involved with all aspects of LISD projects, from planning meetings and conferences to participating in diplomatic discussions and serving as research assistants. Student involvement in Institute projects as well as courses taught at Princeton University by LISD faculty are central to the Institute’s commitment to prepare the students of today to be the leaders of tomorrow. 

Opportunities for students at LISD include:

  • Research Assistants
  • Student Associates 
  • Research Fellowships
  • Student-Alumni Engagement 

To learn more about opportunities for students at LISD, please email Executive Director, Nadia Crisan, at


Research Assistants

Ryan Dukeman is a PhD student in International Relations and American Politics, and is pursuing a certificate in Statistics & Machine Learning. His research interests include institutional reform in US foreign policy agencies, diplomacy, grand strategy, and the security implications of emerging technologies. At LISD, he is supporting a project with Prof. Andy Moravcsik and the European University Institute on updating the transatlantic alliance for emerging transnational and geopolitical issues. Prior to starting his PhD, Ryan was a consultant for the US Department of State, where he helped found the Center for Analytics, working on the application of big data to foreign policy and management challenges in diplomacy. He has advised two US presidential campaigns on foreign policy reform, and holds a B.A., summa cum laude & Phi Beta Kappa, from Princeton's School of Public & International Affairs (2017), where he was awarded the Richard H. Ullman Prize for Best Thesis in US Foreign Policy.


Philmon Haile is a second-year Master in Public Affairs student in international development policy. His professional interests include diplomacy and national security with regional foci in the Middle East, East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. He works with LISD Founding Director Wolfgang Danspeckgruber on research about regional security issues and on the development and implementation of this year’s Program on Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations (PORDIR) seminar. PORDIR is a year-long weekly seminar; this year’s topic is “The 2020 Crisis: Populism, Pandemic, and Inequality.“ Philmon holds a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from the University of Washington, where he specialized in China Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. He speaks English, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, and Tigrinya. Philmon spent several years living and studying in China, completing an internship with the US Embassy in Beijing during his time there. He is an alumnus of the Fulbright Research Fellowship and has served in humanitarian aid and development positions in the Middle East.


Hans Imhof is a research assistant for Barbara Buckinx. He is expected to graduate from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs in 2021 with a certificate in Environmental Science. Outside of the classroom he is a Leader Trainer for the Outdoor Action program, the President of Cloister Inn, and works for Campus Rec at Princeton. His research interests lie in global governance, climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy, the electricity market, and the environment. He has previously worked with Dr. Buckinx on a quantitative analysis of U.S. counties to assess trends of participation in Transnational Municipal Networks for his junior independent work. In addition, he has also worked with Dr. Jaczko to make policy recommendations for the Paris Climate Agreement for his task force. Hans is also working with Dr. Jaczko for his thesis. By doing a quantitative analysis on avoided cost calculations under PURPA across states, Hans is hoping to show the subsequent effect on the incorporation of solar panels in the electricity grid across the United States.


Judy Koo was born and raised in Seoul, Korea and has studied in the U.S. since high school. At Princeton, she is a member of the Class of 2021 in School of Public and International Affairs, pursuing a certificate in East Asian Studies. Her research interests revolve around international relations in northeast Asia, including security, trade, and cultural cooperation as well as conflict. Currently, she is working on my thesis examining the ROK-Japan bilateral relation, focusing on the Korean perspective.





Student Associates

Carson Maconga ’22, from Boston, Massachusetts, is concentrating in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and pursuing a certificate in history and the practice of diplomacy. He is interested in the role that institutionalized systems of power in foreign affairs can play to help create a more peaceful, prosperous, and equitable world. In summer 2020, he was a legislative intern for U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), where he worked on her national security and foreign policy team. In summer 2019, he interned in Paris, France, for Helion Pictures, a small television show development company. On campus, Maconga is a head advising fellow for Matriculate, where he manages a team of 100 advisors who help low-income, high-achieving high school students get into college. He also plays on the rugby team and is on the Speakers’ Council of the American Whig-Cliosophic Society. Maconga is a 2021 Dean’s Scholar in the Nation’s Service.


Research Fellowships

  • The Program on Religion, Diplomacy and International Relations (PORDIR), now entering its 14th year, is a weekly seminar co-taught and co-founded by Wolfgang Danspeckgruber and Reverend Paul Brandeis Raushenbush with the objective of fostering an interdisciplinary and interreligious exchange among students, scholars, and policy practitioners on important global issues. The theme for PORDIR XIV is The 2020 Crisis: Populism, Pandemic, and Inequality. The fellowship is open to Princeton graduate and undergraduate students.

  • The project on Gender in the Global Community examines the functioning of gendered structures and norms in the international system, focusing especially on security, human rights, economic activity, and institution building. The project's research agenda and related activities work to bring a gendered lens of analysis to key issues and challenges in the international system, with a particular focus on women’s empowerment as leaders, as economic actors, and as equal citizens in the global community. The project  is currently engaged with four key sub-projects: Conflict Related Sexual- and Gender-Based Violence, Global Women’s Work, Women, Peace and Security, and Children and Armed Conflict. In 2017, the project began a student fellows program, and welcomed its third cohort of student fellows in the fall of 2019. The fellowship is open to Princeton graduate and undergraduate students.

  • The Seminar on Global Diplomatic and Security Challenges (GDSC) is a year-long interactive seminar, led by Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, Founding Director of LISD, which affords students fellows the opportunity to participate in in-depth discussion on select issues critical for contemporary diplomacy and security with eminent experts and representatives in an interdisciplinary and interactive virtual venue. The GDSC will explore conceptual dimensions like perception, predictability, realpolitik, trust, leadership, strategy, sphere of influence, sovereignty and self-determination; focus on geo-strategic developments and crises in regions like the Arctic, EurAsia, the Mediterranean, the wider Middle East, the Caucasus, Central and South Asia, North East Asia; and deal specifically with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and the United Nations (UN). The seminar will analyze critical global challenges, such as the SARS2 Covid-19 Pandemic, inequality, the environmental challenges; as well as the role of media, and new technologies. The fellowship is open to Princeton graduate and undergraduate students.

Student-Alumni Engagement

  • Through most LISD projects, alumni often remain involved in the multitude of events and international conferences hosted by the institute's staff and researchers. Through this, graduate and undergraduate students are able to engage directly with Princeton alumni in a uniquely engaging and dynamic spirit and through the existing fabric of LISD alumni. To learn more about LISD alumni and what they do, please visit our alumni page.