Rachel Ann Hulvey


Rachel Ann Hulvey is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and a graduate affiliate of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China.

Rachel Ann Hulvey is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania with research interests broadly spanning international order, international security, and Chinese foreign policy.

Explaining changes in international order is one of the most important and enduring topics of international relations (Waltz 1979; Wendt 1999). My dissertation, Mobilizing for Sovereignty: How China’s World Order Attracts Followers, takes up this task by examining China’s rise and influence on world order. As China seeks to shift the status quo, would some countries support the Beijing-led vision of international order, and, if so, which?

As China rises, nowhere is great power competition for developing international order more active than cyberspace. But rather than the contest for control playing out on the battlefield, great powers compete to mobilize support in “a competition about whose story wins.” To attract support for developing new rules and institutions among United Nations members, President Xi Jinping directs officials to cultivate “discourse power” and the “right to speak” (huayu quan) on the world stage. Such investments in discourse power include a focus on rhetoric and discursive strategies meant to attract and persuade. China strategically draws from sovereignty – a widely held and foundational value of statehood – to attract followers for China’s vision of order in cyberspace. 

Rachel is a recipient of the American Political Science Foundation’s Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (2021-2023) and the Foreign Language Area Studies Award for Mandarin and East Asian study (2021-2022). Her research benefits from generous support from the University of Pennsylvania’s Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics and the Center for the Study of Contemporary China. She is a Carr Center Technology and Human Rights Fellow (2019-2022) and a Schmidt Futures International Strategy Forum Fellow (2022-2023).



Under Review

“Cyber Borders: Managing Interdependence in the Information Age” with Beth Simmons

Selected Working Papers

“Mobilizing for Sovereignty: How China Uses Socialization to Re-Write the Rules of the Game” Working Paper

“Dragons and Doves: the Impact of China’s Leadership of UN Agencies” with Sabrina Arias Working Paper

“The New Global Governors: How Internet Giants Impact Distributional Consequences”

Policy Writing

Cybersecurity as an Engine for GrowthNew America

“中国的网络安全法” 青年汉学家文集 2018 (China’s Cybersecurity Law, China Academy of Social Sciences Young Sinologist Symposium, 2018)

Companies as Courts? Google’s Role Deciding Human Rights OutcomesCarr Center Discussion Paper Series.

Building Digital Walls and Making Speech and Internet Freedom (or Chinese Technology) Pay for ItIndian Journal of Law and Technology

Teaching Fellowships

War, Peace, and Strategy, Columbia University, Professor Richard Betts (2016)

Macroeconomics, Columbia University, Professor Thomas Groll (2017)

Chinese Politics, University of Pennsylvania, Professor Avery Goldstein (2019)

International Security, University of Pennsylvania, Professor Avery Goldstein (2020)

International Law, University of Pennsylvania, Professor Beth Simmons (2020)

American Foreign Policy, University of Pennsylvania, Professor Michael Horowitz (2021)





University of Pennsylvania
Ronald O. Perlman Center for Political Science and Economics
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