Selected princeton faculty in international relations (2009)



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Michael Oppenheimer


Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs; and Director, Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy

omichael@princeton.edu Web Site




Oppenheimer’s research interests include science and policy of the atmosphere, particularly climate change and its impacts. His work explores the potential effects of global warming, including the effects of warming on atmospheric chemistry; on ecosystems and the nitrogen cycle; on ocean circulation; and on the ice sheets in the context of defining "dangerous anthropogenic interference" with the climate system. He is the author of more than 75 articles published in professional journals and is co-author (with Robert H. Boyle) of a 1990 book, Dead Heat: The Race Against The Greenhouse Effect. He has served on many international commissions and panels. He serves as a lead author of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was a lead author of the Third Assessment as well, and also participates on several university and institutional advisory boards. He and a handful of other scientists organized two workshops under the auspices of the United Nations that helped precipitate the negotiations that resulted in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (signed at the 1992 Earth Summit) and the Kyoto Protocol. He is also a co-founder of the Climate Action Network. He joined the Princeton faculty after more than two decades with Environmental Defense, a non-governmental, environmental organization, where he served as chief scientist and manager of the Global and Regional Atmosphere Program. PhD. Chicago.

Alan Patten
Associate Professor of Politics
apatten@princeton.edu Web Site

Alan Patten has research interests in both the history of political thought and contemporary political philosophy. He is currently writing a book about language politics that engages in both analytic, normative argument and historical excavation of the roots of contemporary thinking about conflicts over language and nationalism—with many examples taken from modern Europe. He is the author of Hegel's Idea of Freedom (1999), co-editor of Language Rights and Political Theory (2003), and author of a number of journal articles in journals such as History of Political Thought, Political Theory, Ethics, and Philosophy & Public Affairs. D. Phil. Oxford


Deborah Pearlstein


Associate Research Scholar, Law and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School

dpearlst@Princeton.edu Web Page




Pearlstein’s work focuses on US counterterrorism and national security policies, executive power, and the role of the courts. She has published numerous academic and popular writings on the Constitution, executive power, and national security. Her most recent articles consider the role of the military as a constraint on executive power, and the Constitution and changing executive competencies in the post-Cold War world. From 2003-2006, Ms. Pearlstein served as the founding director of the Law and Security Program at Human Rights First, where she led the organization’s efforts in research, litigation and advocacy surrounding U.S. detention and interrogation operations. Pearlstein clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. JD, Harvard.


Philip Pettit
William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics
609.258.4759
ppettit@princeton.edu Web Page


Pettit is a philosopher by discipline, but is in the habit of collaborating with scholars from other fields. His interests range throughout political theory, social theory, and foundational issues in philosophy. Recently he has written on both the extension of both Rawlsian theory and Republican theories of politics to the global system. His most recent books are: Reasons, Rules, and Norms: Selected Essays; The Economy of Esteem (with Geoffrey Brennan); and Mind, Morality, and Explanation: Selected Collaborations (with Frank Jackson and Michael Smith). He is also author of A Theory of Freedom: From the Psychology to the Politics of Agency, Republicanism: A Theory of Freedom and Government, Three Methods of Ethics (with M. Baron & M. Slote), The Common Mind: An Essay on Psychology, Society, and Politics, Not Just Deserts: A Republican Theory of Criminal Justice (with John Braithwaite), and other books. He has recently been advising the government of Spain. He has taught at University College Dublin, Cambridge University, University of Bradford, and the Australian National University. PhD. Queen’s University, Belfast.

Jonas Pontusson
Professor of Politics
jpontuss@princeton.edu Web Site


Pontusson’s research interests include the comparative political economy of OECD countries, with special focus on Western Europe, labor market institutions, welfare states, wage inequality, income distribution, redistributive policies, and party politics. His most recent book, Inequality and Prosperity: Social Europe versus Liberal America (Cornell University Press, 2005) explores the political economy of inequality, redistribution, and employment growth. Previous publications include The Limits of Social Democracy: Investment Politics in Sweden (1992), Unions, Employers and Central Banks: Macroeconomic Coordination and Institutional Change in Social Market Economies (2000) as well as a large number of articles on similar topics. Pontusson taught at Cornell University before joining the Princeton faculty in 2005. PhD. University of California, Berkeley.


Gilbert Rozman

Musgrave Professor of Sociology



grozman@princeton.edu Web Page




Rozman specializes on comparisons and relations in Northeast Asia, including China, Japan, Russia and Korea, focusing on historical development, the search for national identity, and their strategies for international relations. Recent articles have examined Japanese-Korean and Sino-Japanese relations as well as the great power divisions over the Korean peninsula. His most recent book, Northeast Asia’s Stunted Regionalism: Bilateral Distrust in the Shadow of Globalization, examines the progress and prospects of Asian regional integration. Other books include: Japan and Russia: The Tortuous Path to Normalization, The Chinese Debate about Soviet Socialism, and Korea at the Center: The Search for Regionalism in Northeast Asia. PhD. Princeton.

Kim Lane Scheppele

Professor of Sociology, Public Affairs and Law



Director, Program on Law and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School

kimlane@Princeton.edu Web Site

Scheppele has pioneered comparative socio-legal research and the study of comparative constitutionalism. Her current research involves comparative law in Europe, with particular attention to counter-terrorism, the diffusion of constitutional norms, and EU law. Her book, Democracy by Judiciary, examines the Hungarian Constitutional Court—part of a broader interest in the evolution of constitutionalism in post-Soviet Eastern Europe. Since 9/11, she has examined counter-terrorism strategies in democratic systems. Her book, Legal Secrets: Equality and Efficiency in the Common Law (1988). She has taught law at Pennsylvania, political science at Michigan, and sociology at Bucknell. PhD, Chicago.




Brad Simpson

Assistant Professor of History and Public Affairs

simpson@umbc.edu Web Site

Simpson studies twentieth century U.S. foreign relations and international history, with particular focus on Southeast Asia and on questions of human rights. His first book, Economists with Guns: Authoritarian Development and U.S. – Indonesian Relations, 1960-1968 explores how anti-communism and modernization ideology shaped U.S.-Indonesian relations. His current project analyzes U.S.-Indonesian relations from 1965-1999, drawing implications for development, human rights, civil military relations and political Islam—based on a project he directs to declassify U.S. documents concerning Indonesia and East Timor during the reign of General Suharto (1965-1998). Simpson joined the Princeton faculty in 2008 from Northwestern. PhD Northwestern.


Ezra Suleiman
Professor of Politics and IBM Professor of International Studies

esuleima@princeton.edu Web Page




Suleiman’s research interests include comparative bureaucracy, policymaking, executive leadership, and US and European foreign policy. He is currently researching transnational bureaucratic organizations, focusing particularly on the European Union. He is the author or co-author of numerous books, including Politics, Power and Bureaucracy in France; Industrial Policies in Western Europe; and most recently, Dismantling Democratic States. He contributes articles frequently in the media on U.S. and European affairs. Ph.D. Columbia.

Lynn White

Professor of Politics and International Affairs



lynn@princeton.edu Web Site


White’s interests include China, comparative revolutions and reforms, comparative organization, and the consequences of globalization. He is working on the effects of globalization in Taiwan, on U.S. perceptions of China’s reforms, and on a comparison of the development of local political networks in several East Asian countries. He is the author of Unstately Power: Local Causes of China’s Reforms, Policies of Chaos (winner of the 2000 Levenson Book Award), and Careers in Shanghai. He has published in the American Political Science Review, China Quarterly, Journal of Asian Studies, Modern China, and other journals. Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley.


Julian Zelizer

Professor of History and International Affairs



jzelizer@princeton.edu Web Page




Zelizer’s researches contemporary American political history and American political development, with particular focus on Congress and foreign policy. He is writing a history of national security politics since the 1940s, editing a book on the presidency of George W. Bush and co-authoring a book entitled The Reagan Revolution. His books include Taxing America: Wilbur D. Mills, Congress, and the State; On Capitol Hill: The Struggle to Reform Congress and its Consequences, New Directions in American Political History, The American Congress, Rightward Bound: Making America Conservative in the 1970s, The Constitution and Public Policy, and The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political History. Ph.D. Johns Hopkins.
Mario Zucconi

Visiting Professor of Political Science, Woodrow Wilson School


mzucconi@princeton.edu -or- m.zucconi@libero.it

Zucconi’s research focuses on transatlantic relations, the international politics of the Balkans, and European relations with the Russia, Turkey and the developing world. He is currently writing a book on the effect of European Union conditionality on Turkish political development. He has written four books and numerous chapters and articles. He has taught regularly at the Woodrow Wilson School since 1987, as well as at the University of Urbino, Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University, University of Maryland, the NATO Defense College, and numerous research institutes in Europe and the US. He has directed projects on Italian-Russian relations, on Euro-Mediterranean relations, on the Balkans and former Yugoslavia, and on Turkish accession to the EU.



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