Michael Masterson

Position title: Ph.D. Candidate: International Relations

Email: masterson2@wisc.edu

Research Interests:

Conflict, Emotions, National Humiliation, Nationalism, China, and Machine Learning


Michael is a Ph.D. candidate writing a dissertation on when political leaders use national humiliation narratives as a political strategy and the unintended effects of these narratives and the emotions they evoke on foreign policy. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Joint B.A./M.A. in global studies with political science as his second undergraduate major and a minor in Chinese.


National Humiliation and International Conflict: Origins, Microfoundations, and Effects

TA for:

China in World Politics

Understanding Political Numbers

Political Science Research Methods


Mellon-Wisconsin Fellowship Fall 2019

Two-Year University Fellow 2014