Eric Lenz is a postdoctoral research associate at the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs. Dr. Lenz recently graduated with a PhD in economics from Southern Illinois University, where he focused on economic theories of conflict, monetary policy, and international growth. Mr. Lenz has teaching experience in English, statistics, and economics. He has taught as an American teaching assistant through Fulbright Austria, as an adjunct faculty member for business statistics and economics at Lindenwood University in St. Louis, and as a graduate student instructor at Southern Illinois. Recently, he received the Southern Illinois Department of Economics Outstanding Teaching Award for 2014-2015. Dr. Lenz’ current research deals with the role of the economy and financial markets in determining the onset of civil conflict.
Joonbum Bae is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs. He earned his PhD in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2015. He received his MA in international relations at Seoul National University and his BA from the same school. His main areas of interest include international conflict and foreign policy decision-making.
His dissertation examines the interaction between the politics within authoritarian regimes and the security environment by analyzing the effect of international conflict on the duration of authoritarian regimes, their mode of breakdown, and the level of human costs during regime transitions. His research also examines the extent that international politics in East Asia requires different analytical lenses through several case studies of bi-lateral relations in the region.
His research has been funded by, among others, the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, the George C. Marshall Foundation, and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library.