Prince Paa-Kwesi Heto

PhD Student, University of California, Irvine
Adam Smith Fellow

Prince Paa-Kwesi Heto is a PhD student in political science at the University of California, Irvine. He is a distinguished political economist and trade policy expert. He received the 2020 Etel Solingen Outstanding Paper in International Relations Award, the 2020 UCI Inclusive Excellence Ambassador Award, and the 2018 Global Citizens Award from the Global Connect Program, recognizing his research and non-profit work in rural and low-income communities. He is a transdisciplinary scholar with five master’s degrees in behavioral mathematics, demography and social analysis, political science, education, and international affairs. His general research agenda is to discover through empirical investigation and analytical inquiry the causal mechanisms and institutional environment that could produce peace, prosperity, humane and just societies despite human fallibilities. He is also interested in understanding the barriers and institutional solutions that affect governments’ ability to deliver quality political goods to all interest groups in a diverse society. He was a Mercatus Center Adam Smith Fellow during the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic years and a Don Lavoie Fellow during the 2020-2021 academic year.