Mihaela Papa

Mihaela Papa

(617) 718-2125


  • B.A., University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
  • M.A., The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Medford, United States
  • Ph.D., The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Medford, United States


Mihaela Papa is a Co-Investigator on the Rising Power Alliances research project and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Sustainable Development and Global Governance. She specializes in negotiation strategies, coalition building and complex multiparty negotiations, especially in the context of environmental regulation and rising power diplomacy. As a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Law School, she examined India, China and Brazil in international dispute settlement, spent six months in China as a visiting researcher at Fudan's Center for BRICS Studies and embarked on a BRICS-focused research agenda. She has published on rising powers and sustainable development diplomacy and taught at Brandeis University, Boston University and Fudan University.

Mihaela is also an active practitioner with extensive experience advising institutions on global strategies and managing international collaborations. In this capacity she has worked at MIT and the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as consulted for the U.S. government, the European Commission, and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Originally a trade economist with a BA from Croatia, she completed her MA in Law and Diplomacy and PhD in International Relations at The Fletcher School at Tufts University.
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