Vanessa Quince is a 2017-18 John E. Sawyer Dissertation Fellow at the University of Washington and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science. Her interests include trade, economic development, race and ethnicity and economic inequality. Her dissertation, “The Role of Race and Identity in Institutional Design” focuses on the role of race and identity in how states design international trade agreements. In her work, she argues that states will design different trade agreements with states they perceive as part of their racialized in-group than with states perceived as part of their racialized outgroup, and these differences can help to explain the variance in welfare state provision within states. She is a graduate fellow in the Washington Institute for the Study of Inequality and Race (WISIR) and the University of Washington Security International Colloquium (UWISC).