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Patrick Hulme

ISP Fellow, Belfer Center

Harvard Kennedy School

PhD, UC San Diego

JD, UCLA School of Law

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I am currently a Research Fellow with the International Security Program at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. For the 2024-25 academic year, I will be a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. I completed my Ph.D. in political science at the University of California San Diego in May 2023. For the summer of 2022, I was a Summer Associate with the RAND Center for Analysis of U.S. Grand Strategy, and for the 2020-2021 academic year I was a Hans J. Morgenthau Fellow at the Notre Dame International Security Center. My research and teaching interests include congressional-executive relations in U.S. foreign policy, constitutional law, deterrence theory, and the U.S.-China relationship. I have been a graduate student researcher for the Center for Peace and Security Studies (cPASS) and the 21st Century China Center, and am currently a Non-resident Fellow at the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC). My work has been published by International Studies Quarterly, The National Interest, The Diplomat, Lawfare, and other outlets. I have served as the instructor of record for classes on the Presidency, the U.S. Congress, and the Cold War. I hold a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Chinese from the University of California, Davis, and a J.D.—with a specialization in International and Comparative Law—from the UCLA School of Law.

You can download my CV here and my full dissertation here.

Education & Experience



University of California, San Diego

Ph.D. in Political Science (International Relations)


UCLA School of Law

J.D. (with a specialization in Comparative and International Law)

Order of the Coif

Relevant Experience


Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Treasury, Washington, DC

International Affairs Legal Extern


Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC

Legal Intern


University of California, Davis

B.A. in Economics (with a minor in Chinese)

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