Peter Katzenstein

Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies

Peter Katzenstein’s research and teaching lie at the intersection of the fields of international relations and comparative politics. Katzenstein’s work addresses issues of political economy, security and culture in world politics. His current research interests focus on the politics of civilizations; on questions of public diplomacy, law, religion, and popular culture; regionalism in world politics; and German politics. Katzenstein served as President of the American Political Science Association (2008-09). He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science in 1987 and the American Philosophical Society in 2009. He was the recipient of the 1974 Helen Dwight Reid Award of the American Political Science Association for the best dissertation in international relations; of the American Political Science Association’s 1986 Woodrow Wilson prize for the best book published in the United States on international affairs; and, together with Nobuo Okawara, of the 1993 Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize. One of his edited volumes, The Culture of National Security, was selected by Choice magazine as one of the top ten books in international relations in 1997. Katzenstein has been a Fellow at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin. In addition he has held numerous fellowships, and he continues to serve on the editorial boards and academic advisory committees of various journals and organizations, both in the United States and abroad. Since 1982 Katzenstein has served as the editor of over 100 books that Cornell University Press has published under the imprint of the Cornell Studies in Political Economy. Since joining the Cornell Government Department in 1973 Katzenstein has chaired or been a member of more than one hundred dissertation committees. He received Cornell’s College of Arts and Science Stephen and Margery Russell Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993, and, in recognition of sustained and distinguished undergraduate teaching, was made one of Cornell University’s Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellows in 2004.


  • Security policy and political economy;
  • relation between international and domestic politics;
  • Germany in Europe and Japan in Asia

Current Research Interests

Regionalism and religion in world politics

Selected Publications & Presentations

  • (With Robert Keohane and Stephen Krasner, eds.) International Organization at Fifty: Exploration and Contestation in the Study of World Politics, 50th Anniversary Issue of International Organization 52.4, 1998.
  • (With Takashi Shiraishi, eds.) Network Power: Japan and Asia. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997.
  • (Editor) Tamed Power: Germany in Europe. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997.
  • (Editor) The Culture of National Security: Norms and Identity in World Politics. New York: Columbia University Press, 1996.
  • Norms and National Security: Police and Military in Postwar Japan. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1996.
  • Policy and Politics in West Germany: The Growth of a Semisovereign State. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1987.
  • Small States in World Markets: Industrial Policy in Europe. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1985.
  • Corporatism and Change: Austria, Switzerland and the Politics of Industry. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1984.
  • Between Power and Plenty: Foreign Economic Policies of Advanced Industrial States. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1978.
  • (With S. Tarrow and L. Graziano, eds.) Territorial Politics in Industrial Nations. New York: Praeger, 1978.
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“[T]he challenge is to specify and explicate the social mechanisms determining the relationship between the informal social organization of close-knit groups and the formal rules of institutional structures.”— Victor Nee