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Lucia Kovacikova
  • 2021 - 2022 Graduate Fellow
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science


Lucia Kovacikova is a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science Department. Her background is in the field of International Relations, with a specific focus on international and regional organizations. Lucia received her B.A. from the University of Calgary, her M.Sc. from the University of Amsterdam, and her M.A. from Tulane University. She has worked for numerous internationally-focused institutions, including the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and the British Consulate-General in Calgary.


Lucia’s doctoral research is in the sub-field of paradiplomacy. Her dissertation is titled “Subnational Government Internationalization and the Global Economy” and is overseen by co-chairs Dr. Mark Vail (Wake Forest University) and Dr. Thomas Oatley (Tulane University). Lucia received several awards for her research, including the Haas Fund Fellowship and the Janet Box-Steffensmeier Scholarship, in addition to the Murphy Institute Fellowship for 2021-2022. Lucia has two publications under review with co-author Dr. Ruth Carlitz (University of Amsterdam).

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Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), The Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.