Professor Solingen is a Distinguished Professor and the Thomas T. and Elizabeth C. Tierney Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of California Irvine. She has published on the reciprocal influence between international political economy and international security, globalization and its discontents, global supply chains, comparative regional orders, transnational diffusion, democracy, nuclear proliferation, international institutions, and science and technology. Solingen is a former President of the International Studies Association and the recipient of the William and Katherine Estes Award from the National Academy of Sciences; the Richard Holbrooke Prize from the American Academy in Berlin; the Susan Strange Professorship at the London School of Economics; the Distinguished Scholar award in International Security from the International Studies Association; a MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Award on Peace and International Cooperation; a Social Science Research Council-Mac Arthur Foundation Fellowship on Peace and Security in a Changing World; a Japan Foundation/SSRC Abe Fellowship; a Center for Global Partnership/Japan Foundation fellowship; an APSA Excellence in Mentorship Award, and a Distinguished Teaching Award from UC Irvine's Academic Senate.
Solingen's book Nuclear Logics: Contrasting Paths in East Asia and the Middle East (Princeton UP) won the American Political Science Association's best book award (formerly Woodrow Wilson) and the ISA's Jervis and Schroeder Award. Other books include Regional Orders at Century's Dawn (Princeton UP); Geopolitics, Supply Chains and International Relations of East Asia (ed., Cambridge UP); Sanctions, Statecraft, and Nuclear Proliferation (Cambridge UP); Industrial Policy, Technology, and International Bargaining (Stanford UP), Scientists and the State: Domestic Structures and the International Context (U. of Michigan), and Comparative Regionalism (Routledge). Other publications include Rising Risks to Global Value Chains in the Global Value Chain Development Report 2021, The Politics of International Diffusion, and articles in the APSR, International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Politics, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Global Governance, Review of International Studies, Journal of Democracy, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, and New Political Economy, among others. Solingen's research was funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, United States Institute of Peace, Sloan Foundation, Columbia Foundation, University of California's Office of the President Laboratory Fees Research Program, Univ. of California's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, and Univ. of California's Pacific Rim grants, among others. She also served as Chair of the Steering Committee of the University of California's systemwide Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, President of ISA's International Political Economy Section, President of APSA's International History and Politics Section, member of the APSA's Presidential Taskforce on U.S. Standing in World Affairs, and in editorial boards of the APSR, International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, International Interactions, Global Governance, Stanford University Press Studies in Asian Security; Social Science Research Network; Columbia University Press International Affairs Online, Latin American Research Review, European Review of International Studies, Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, and Nonproliferation Review, among others.