Ben awarded Fulbright research award

May 26, 2022

Reade Ben ’22 from Loudonville, N.Y., was named a Fulbright scholar and will pursue a research project in Serbia studying foreign direct investment with the Belgrade Center for Security Policy in conjunction with the University of Belgrade.

His fellowship is fully funded and administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

In Serbia, Ben will study the national and international impacts of the country’s foreign policy approach, which seeks to manage amicable relations with Russia, China, the United States and the European Union (EU). “My research will add value to the field of international relations, specifically within the Central and Eastern European theater and in connection with the topics of EU integration and foreign direct investment,” he says. “Using Serbia as a case study, I hope the work I produce can serve as a model through which the foreign policies of other, smaller states can be assessed.”

Ben was a concentrator in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) and earned a certificate in Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian studies. His senior thesis, “Money Can’t Buy CEECs Love? The Determinants of Perceptions of Foreign Direct Investors in Central and Eastern European Countries,” examined foreign direct investment (FDI) as a powerful economic tool.

At Princeton, Ben served as a class senator and played on the University rugby football club. He graduated with highest honors and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

After his fellowship, hopes to research foreign direct investment projects in central and eastern Europe for an organization like the United States Development Finance Corporation or the World Bank.