The Merze Tate Awards is presented annually by the American Political Science Association (APSA) to honor the best doctoral dissertation in the field of international relations, law, and politics.
Rachel Myrick is Douglas and Ellen Lowey Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke University. His thesis and current book project explore how partisan polarization affects foreign policymaking in democracies, with a focus on contemporary American national security policy. More generally, Myrick is interested in the interplay between domestic and international politics in matters of security and conflict.
Myrick’s research is published in academic journals such as International organisation, Policy reviewand Quarterly Journal of International Studies, among others. His scholarship has been featured in media like Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, Voiceand FiveThirtyEight. She is a faculty member of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, the Carnegie International Policy Scholar Consortium and Network (IPSCON), the America in the World Consortium (AWC), and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS). She is also a member of the Aspen Strategy Group’s Rising Leaders program for young professionals in national security and foreign policy.
Myrick completed his Ph.D. in 2021 at Stanford University’s Department of Political Science. Before attending Stanford, she earned an M.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and a BA in Political Science and Global Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar.
Quote from the award committee:
The dissertation, “Partisan Polarization and International Politics,” presents a novel finding that partisan polarization undermines the reliability and credibility of democratic countries in the conduct of foreign policy. It uses extensive and comprehensive multiple methods to test arguments, including text analysis, survey experiments, elite interviews, and case studies. The thesis has political relevance in an age of polarization. We also learn how partisan polarization could affect the United States’ ability to interact with other countries on the international stage. The impact of polarization on the world stage, cross-pollination with American politics, acute political relevance, and multi-method investigation make this thesis the best for this year’s APSA Merze Tate Award.
thank you committee members for their services: Erik Gartzke (President) of UCSD, Dr. Hyeran Jo of Texas A&M University and Professor Jo-Ansie van Wyk of the University of South Africa.