Maël van Beek

Maël van Beek

PhD Candidate

The Ohio State University

Hi, call me Alan.

I am a PhD candidate in Political Science in International Relations and Political Methodology at The Ohio State University. In my research, I investigate how preferences influence international bargaining in the context of polarization and great power competition between the United States, China, and Russia. To do so, I bring together two methodological traditions sometimes juxtaposed but seldom integrated: survey experiments and formal (game theoretic and computational) modeling.

I am a founding member and graduate fellow of Ohio State’s Models of Emergent Social Order (MESO) Lab. My research there is supported by the National Science Foundation; the Carnegie Corporation of New York; and the FTX Foundation’s Future Fund.

I previously held a fellowship with the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and I am also a co-founder of the Korea and the World Podcast.

I can be reached via email at


  • International crisis bargaining
  • Public opinion and polarization
  • International order competition between great powers
  • Survey experiments
  • Formal and computational modeling


  • Ph.D. in Political Science, 2016 - Present

    The Ohio State University

  • M.I.S. in International Cooperation, 2015

    Seoul National University

  • B.A. in Anthropology, 2012

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong