Lauren Bleakney, 2013, Woodrow Wilson School

I interned with Professor Robert Keohane of the Wilson School on a policy paper entitled, “The Punctuated Equilibrium in the Energy Regime Complex.” I was given a ­fascinating opportunity to contribute additional research to the paper on Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries ­(OPEC) history, specifically on periods of ­dissatisfaction and innovation. I also worked with Professor Keohane and his two ­co-authors to ­restructure the underlying t­heoretical outline of how institutions innovate in the face of varying levels and types of ­dissatisfaction as well as contributing to the robustness of definitions used in the ­paper ­concerning interdependence of institutions involved in the energy regime complex. From this internship, I learned the intricacies of the oil industry as well as the process of developing a paper for journal publication.