Maël van Beek

Maël van Beek

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Princeton University

Hi, call me Alan.

I am a postdoctoral research associate at the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. In my research, I investigate how variations in the distribution of public preferences influence international bargaining in the context of polarization and great power competition between the United States, China, and Russia. To do so, I use mixed methods with a focus on bringing together two methodological traditions sometimes juxtaposed but seldom integrated: survey experiments and formal (game theoretic and computational) modeling. My research is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science.

I received my PhD in Political Science (International Relations and Political Methodology) from The Ohio State University where I was a founding member (now, an external affiliate) of Bear F. Braumoeller’s Models of Emergent Social Order (MESO) Lab. My research there was supported by the National Science Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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.

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


  • Ph.D. in Political Science, 2023

    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