Melissa M. Lee is Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs in the Department of Politics and Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She specializes in the study of statebuilding and state capacity, and much of her work investigates the influence of external actors on state development. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University (2015) and her B.A. in Political Science – International Relations from the University of California, San Diego (2008). She is the author of Crippling Leviathan: How Foreign Subversion Weakens the State (Cornell University Press, 2020).

Nan Zhang is Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods. As a scholar of comparative politics, Nan’s work focuses primarily on the intersection of political institutions and political culture. His research examines the foundations of trust and cooperation in modern, democratic societies. Prior to joining the Max Planck Institute, he was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University (2014), a J.D. from Stanford Law School (2011), and a double B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley (2006).