Alex Yu-Ting Lin

Welcome! I am a Senior Research Fellow and the Assistant Director with the University of Notre Dame's International Security Center, where I was previously a Hans Morgenthau Fellow in Grand Strategy.

I study international security, with a regional focus on Asia. My book project, Challenges from Below, theorizes how smaller states shape when and why rising powers like China and established powers like the US compete and fight for status. My book project has implications for understanding the causes and dynamics of interstate conflict. My other research examines how states compete for status through non-military means such as economic statecraft or influence operations. My academic work has appeared in the Journal of Global Security Studies and the Review of International Political Economy, and my policy work has been published by The Diplomat and the East-West Center in Washington DC.

I received my PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Southern California. I have held fellowships with the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.