Vessela Chakarova teaches International Relations Theory and Practice, International Political Economy and Globalization. She received a Ph.D. in International Political Economy from Old Dominion University and an MA in International Relations from Sofia University. She has extensive teaching experience at universities in the Netherlands and the United States (Introduction to International Politics, Model United Nations and Research Methods, among others). She has also worked for the Enlargement Directorate of the European Commission. Her research focuses mainly on international cooperation, international organisations, global governance and power dynamics (hegemony). She is also interested in energy policy and European politics.