Student Participation

Research Assistants  |  Student Associates  |   Student Fellows  |  Student-Alumni Engagement

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:

  • Student Fellowships
  • Student Associates 
  • Research Assistants
  • 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 Fulbright research fellowship alumnus and a graduate of the University of Washington International Studies program and grew up in Seattle, WA. Coming to the US as a refugee with his family as a child instilled in him a deep appreciation for the opportunities he has received. As a university student, he regularly volunteered to promote access to international education opportunities. As a young professional, he has served four years in the Middle East working with different humanitarian assistance and development organizations. Philmon is a second year in the MPA Program at the School of Public and International Affairs. Philmon loves playing sports and outdoor activities particularly hiking, playing soccer, frisbee, and basketball. He also loves to read, travel, try new foods, and drink coffee.



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 is a junior at Princeton University originally from Boston, Massachusetts. At Princeton, he's majoring in the School of Public and International Affairs with a certificate in History and the Practice of Diplomacy. His research interests include the role of multinational institutions in foreign affairs, conflict resolution and stabilization, and the future of great power competition with China. He speaks French and Spanish.





Student Fellows

  • 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.