Peter J. Katzenstein
Peter Joachim Katzenstein (born February 17, 1945) is the Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies at Cornell University. He was educated in his native Germany. Katzenstein has received degrees from the London School of Economics, Swarthmore College, as well as a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Recently, Katzenstein was ranked by The Economist as the most influential scholar in International Political Economy. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Katzenstein specializes in Asian (particularly Japanese) as well as European (particularly German) roles and norms in international relations. His main concentration lies in the study of culture, religion, identity, and regionalism in the interstate system.
Peter Katzenstein was born on February 17, 1945 in Hamburg, Germany. He is currently married with two children, and resides in Ithaca, NY, just minutes from his place of occupation as a professor at Cornell University.
Katzenstein was educated in Germany in Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums before moving to the United States, where he ended up receiving a B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1967, majoring in Political Science, Economics, and Literature. Six years later he received his Ph.D. from Harvard University with thesis titled Disjoined Partners: Austria and Germany since 1815. His first stint as teacher came in 1971 when he served as a teaching fellow in the Government Department at Harvard. The following year he became a part-time instructor in Comparative Politics of Western Europe at the University of Massachusetts. From 1973 to 1977 he served as an Assistant Professor of Government at Cornell, before becoming an Associate Professor for three years until 1980. From 1980 to 1987 he was a Professor of Government, before finally accepting the position he holds to this day as the Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies at Cornell University. Katzenstein speaks German and English.
Katzenstein served as President of the American Political Science Association (2008–09). He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 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 zu 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 Stephen and Margery Russell Distinguished Teaching Award from Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences 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.
Katzenstein's best-known work, A World of Regions: Asia and Europe in the American Imperium, was published in 2005.
- USC Center on Public Diplomacy Profile
- Interview with Peter Katzenstein by Theory Talks (August 2008)
- Public lecture on "Why the Clash of Civilizations is wrong" (March 2010)
- Interview in Global Scholar Knowledge Initiative (GSKI)