GRADUATE STUDENT | JOYCE LAWRENCE
Joyce Hodel is a PhD student in Political Science, specializing in political economy and quantitative methods. Her research focuses on financial regulation, responses to financial crisis, and the politics of foreign investment. Joyce’s thesis uses survey techniques to examine public opinion on globalization and foreign investment. She is working as a research assistant at the MIT industrial performance center, where she collaborates with a team to study how start-up companies grow to scale. As a product of this work, she co-authored a chapter in the book, Production in the Innovation Economy, titled “Learning by Building: Complementary Assets and the Migration of Capabilities in U.S. Innovative Firms,” (MIT Press, January 2014).
Joyce also holds a strong interest in the political economy of Latin America. She received a fellowship from the MIT Program on Environmental Governance and Sustainability in 2012 and has also participated in MIT’s foreign exchange program as an intern at Banco de Mexico, the country’s central bank.
Joyce has a Master’s in International Affairs from UCSD, where she combined studies in economics, statistics, management, and public policy. She graduated first in her class at UCSD. Two of her papers written at UCSD won national competitions, one on Venezuela’s proposal for Banco del Sur, the other on investment in China’s power sector. Joyce served as Editor-in-Chief of the student-run, peer-reviewed Journal of International Policy Solutions. She received her bachelor’s degree in international business with a double major in marketing from Washington University in St. Louis, where she graduated summa cum laude.
“Learning by Building: Complementary Assets and the Migration of Capabilities in U.S. Innovative Firms,” with Liz Reynolds and Hiram Samel. In Production in the Innovation Economy, edited by Rick Locke and Rachel Wellhausen, MIT Press, Forthcoming January 2014.
“Political Cycles in Financial Regulatory Enforcement.” Presented at the American Political Science Association, 2013, Chicago, IL. MIT Political Science Working Paper Series #2013-35 (Available at SSRN)
“Fiscal Stimulus in International Competition.” Presented at the American Political Science Association, 2011, Seattle, WA. MIT Political Science Working Paper Series #2011-18 (Available at SSRN)
“Venezuela’s Proposal for a Banco del Sur,” The American Academy of Diplomacy, 2007. Winner of the 2007 Leonard Marks Essay Contest for Creative Thought and Writing on American Foreign Policy.
“Beyond Tourism: The Future of the Services Industry in the Caribbean.” With Daniel Erikson. 2008. Caribbean Policy Research Institute.