Mengyi Xu ’14


Woodrow Wilson School

Project Title

The Diffusion of International Environmental Institutions

I had the wonderful opportunity to work closely with Professor Keohane on a project that focused on “The Ethics of Communicating Uncertainty in Climate Change.” I was mainly charged with conducting literature reviews and finding relevant materials on the topic that would help the professor and his two co-authors gain a firmer understanding of the complexities of the issue. From this internship, I was able to acquire very critical analytical skills and gain familiarity with social science research strategies. I benefitted tremendously from reading literature across various disciplines such as philosophy, communications theories, climate change science, and uncertainty theories. This experience offered me valuable perspectives on how policy makers and scientists can and should collaborate on generating solutions to address complex global issues. It also convinced me that my interest in international affairs really lies at the intersection of health, environmental sustainability, intercultural communication, and international law.

Internship Year


Project Category

Climate and Energy


Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey


Robert Keohane, Professor, Woodrow Wilson School