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Staff Michael Franczak
Michael Franczak is a Research Fellow in the division of Peace, Climate, and Sustainable Development at IPI and a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a historian of US foreign relations and the world economy and expert on global climate change policy and negotiations.
Dr. Franczak’s articles have appeared in many academic and popular outlets, including Diplomatic History, Cold War History, Foreign Policy, and The Guardian. His first book, Global Inequality and American Foreign Policy in the 1970s (Cornell University Press, 2022), shows how the “Group of 77” developing countries’ demand for a New International Economic Order made inequality between countries a major threat to U.S. national security and reshaped American and global politics for years to come.
Before joining IPI, Dr. Franczak was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Order at Perry World House, the University of Pennsylvania’s hub for international exchange, policy engagement, and public outreach on global issues. From 2018-20, he was the Henry Chauncey ‘57 Postdoctoral Fellow in International Security Studies at Yale University, where he taught in the History department. He has also served as a consultant for the United Nations Climate Secretariat’s Nairobi Work Programme and an advisor on loss and damage finance to the Republic of Maldives. He received his PhD in History from Boston College in 2018.