Charles Lipson

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Charles Lipson (born February 1, 1948) is an American professor of political science at the University of Chicago.[1] His area of specialization includes international relations, international political economy and modern international history.[2] He is the co-founder and director of the Program on International Politics, Economics, and Security (PIPES) at the University of Chicago.[1]


He attended Yale as an undergraduate, where he studied Political Science and Economics. He received a Master of Arts degree and a doctoral degree from Harvard University.[3]


Charles Lipson has been at the University of Chicago since 1977. In 1991, he served as the Secretary of the American Political Science Association [4] His research focuses on international cooperation and conflict and political aspects of international trade, debt, and investment. In his most recent book, Reliable Partners: How Democracies Have Made a Separate Peace (2003), Lipson examines "why democracies do not fight wars against each other."[5] In addition to his political science publications, Lipson writes books on academic integrity, adjusting to college and doing research that are broadly applicable to students of all academic interests.

He has been featured often on Beyond the Beltway with Bruce DuMont, a nationally syndicated radio show that provides listeners with weekly political discussions.[6] He has also been featured on Pritzker Military Presents Front & Center in 2004.[3] Lipson has also been a frequent op-ed contributor to the Chicago Tribune.[7][8][9]

Published works[edit]

Book Year Type Published ISBN
Standing Guard: Protecting Foreign Capital in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 1985 Non-fiction University of California Press 978-0520034686
Reliable Partners: How Democracies Have Made a Separate Peace 2003 Non-fiction Princeton University Press 978-0691113906
How to Write a BA Thesis: A Practical Guide from Your First Ideas to Your Finished Paper 2005 Non-fiction University of Chicago Press 978-0226484648
Doing Honest Work in College: How to Prepare Citations, Avoid Plagiarism, and Achieve Real Academic Success 2nd ed. 2008 Non-fiction University of Chicago Press 978-0226484778
Cite Right: A Quick Guide to Citation Styles—MLA, APA, Chicago, the Sciences, Professions, and More2nd ed 2011 Non-fiction University Of Chicago Press 978-0226484648

Lipson has also edited several books on international politics:

  • Rational Design of International Institutions, ed. by Barbara Koremenos, Charles Lipson, and Duncan Snidal (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).
  • Theory and Structure in International Political Economy: An International Organization Reader, ed. by Charles Lipson and Benjamin J. Cohen (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999)
  • Issues and Agents in International Political Economy: An International Organization Reader, ed. by Benjamin J. Cohen and Charles Lipson (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999)


He received the Chase Prize in International Relations from Harvard University.[3] He received the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the University of Chicago.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Charles Lipson". (17 Sep 2014). Retrieved from:
  2. ^ "Political Science @ Chicago".
  3. ^ a b c "Front & Center with John Callaway: Iraq in Transition: What Next?". Pritzker Military Museum & Library. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  4. ^ "PS: Political Science & Politics - Officers and Council - Cambridge Journals Online".
  5. ^ "Political Science @ Chicago".
  6. ^ "2013: Beyond the Beltway Programs". Beyond the Beltway. JenniBe Productions. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  7. ^ Lipson, Charles (1 July 2014). "When government fails its citizens". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  8. ^ Lipson, Charles (10 July 2014). "Summer weekend 2014 worse than St. Valentine's Day Massacre". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  9. ^ Lipson, Charles (17 June 2014). "Barack Obama's presidency is spiraling downward". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Quantrell Award winner Charles Lipson". University of Chicago. Retrieved 2014-09-17.