Karen Alter Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Weinberg Social Sciences, Political Science

Karen Alter

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847/491-4842

Email

Curriculum Vitae

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Research Statement

International Relations, International Organizations, International Law, Law in the Political Process.

Education

1996

Ph.D. in Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1988

B.A., Magna Cum Laude, with distinction in all subjects, Cornell University

Employment, Positions & Ongoing Activities

2010 -

Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University

2012 - 2018

Visiting Professor and co-director, Institutionalization Research Cluster, ICourts Center of Excellence, University of Copenhagan School of Law

2010

Institute d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), (Spring)

2008 - 2009

American Bar Foundation, Chicago, IL

2004

Northwestern Law School

2004

Universität Bremen, (Spring), Germany

2003 - 2010

Associate Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University

2003

Seikei Univerity, Japan

2000 - 2003

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University

2000 - 2001

Emile Noel Fellow, Harvard Law School

2000 - 2001

European Union Center, Harvard University

1998

American Bar Foundation, Chicago, IL

1998

Institute d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po)

1996 - 2000

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Smith College

1992

Teaching Fellow, Harvard University

1991

Teaching Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Awards and Honors

2012

American Academy, Berlin, Invited Scholar in Residence

2012

Berlin Prize, American Academy of Berlin, American Academy Berlin, Outstanding scholars, writers, artists, and policy experts that have been chosen by an independent selection committee to be in residence at the Academy for a semester, Scholarship/Research, International

2012

Bosch Public Policy Fellow, American Academy in Berlin

2011

American Academy Berlin Prize

2011

John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts, Scholarship/Research, National

2011

Northwestern Law School

2010

Institute d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po)

2008

American Bar Foundation, Chicago Illinois, (2008-2009)

2007

Honorable Mention for Best Contribution to the European Journal of International Relations, 2007-2009: “Agent or Trustee: International Courts in their Political Context,” European Journal of International Relations 14 (1) 33-63 2008

2004

American Bar Foundation, Chicago Illinois

2004

Northwestern Law School, Invited Scholar in Residence

2004

Universität Bremen, Germany

2003

Seikei Univerity, Japan

2000

Emile Noel Fellow, Harvard Law School, (2000-2001)

2000

European Union Center, Harvard University, (2000-2001)

1999

Best Paper Presented at the European Communities Studies Association Conference 1999, “Who are the Masters of the Treaty?: European Governments and the European Court of Justice,” International Organization, 52 (1): 125-152, 1998

1998

Institute d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po)

Publications

2014 Karen J. Alter
  Altering Politics: International Courts and the Construction of International and Domestic Politics
  Political Representation In The Global Age. Hall P, Jacoby W, Jonah L, Sophie M, editors. 2014.
 
2014 Karen J. Alter
  Contemporary International Adjudicators: Evolution and Multiplication
  Oxford Handbook on International Adjudicatiation. Romano C, Alter KJ., Shany Y, editors. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press; 2014.
 
2014 Cesare Romano; Karen J. Alter; Yuval Shany
  Mapping International Courts and Tribunals, the Issues and Players
  Oxford Handbook on International Adjudicatiation. Romano C, Alter KJ., Shany Y, editors. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press; 2014. 1.

Grants

2012 - 2015 Karen Alter
  Doctoral Dissertation Research in Political Science: International Criminal Tribunals' Impact on Violence Against Non-Combatants in Ongoing Conflicts
  Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Memberships

2008 -

Center on Law and Globalization, American Bar Foundation and University of Illinios College of Law, Associate Scholar

2007 -

Council on Foreign Relations, Life Member

1999 -

American Society of International Law

1991 -

European Community Studies Association, Member

1990 -

American Political Science Association, Member

2000 - 2005

Council on Foreign Relations, Term Member

Editorial Boards/Editorship

2012 - 2015

Editorial Board, International Organization, International Organization is a leading peer-reviewed journal that covers the entire field of international affairs. Subject areas include: foreign policies, international relations, international and comparative political economy, security policies, environmental disputes and resolutions, European integration, alliance patterns and war, bargaining and conflict resolution, economic development and adjustment, and international capital movements, link

2009 - 2012

Editorial Board, Law and Social Inquiry

2000 - 2010

Editorial Board, European Union Politics

Engagement

2013 -

Robert Jervis and Paul Schroeder Best Book in International History and Politics, 2013., American Political Science Association

2006 -

Leopold Lecture Committee

2004 -

Co-Founder and Co-Convenor, Center for International and Comparative Studies International Law and International Organizations Working Group

2003 -

International Studies Advisory Board

2013 - 2016

Advisory board, chair, he primary research objective of PluriCourts is to analyze and assess the legitimate present and future roles of the cascade of international courts and tribunals (ICTs) - an emerging global judiciary – in the international and domestic order.

Our working hypothesis is that ICTs should be subject to legitimacy standards known from domestic constitutional debates, such as democratic control, rule of law values, subsidiarity in relation to national organs, and achievement of their objectives. But these standards must be critically assessed, realigned, specified and adapted to the international context, to ICTs’ interaction with national constitutional orders, and to differences among ICTs, e.g. for world trade or human rights.

This normative assessment of ICTs-the primary research objective of PluriCourts-depends on empirical and legal analyses of three issues, pursued as secondary research objectives., PluriCourts: Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, link

2013 - 2015

Executive Committee, International Organization Section, International Studies Association

2012 - 2014

Advisory board, Toward a New History of European Public Law, Saxo-Institute. University of Copenhagen

2011 - 2012

Pay Equity Study Chair, Organization of Women Faculty, Northwestern University

2011

Book Manuscript Reviewer, Cambridge University Press

2011

Faculty Senate, Representative from the Department of Political Science, Northwestern University

2010 - 2012

Committee on Appointments, International Studies Association

2010

Book Manuscript Reviewer, Cambridge University Press

2010

Midwest APSA Conference Planning Committee, International and Comparative Law Section, American Political Science Association

2010

Research Proposal Reviewer, National Science Foundation

2009 - 2011

Committee on Founding a Journal, Law and Courts Section, American Political Science Association

2009

Book Manuscript Reviewer, University of Chicago Press

2009

Research Proposal Reviewer, National Science Foundation

2008

Book Manuscript Reviewer, Oxford University Press

2008

Book Manuscript Reviewer, University of Chicago Press

2007

Award Committee: Luebbert Best Book in Comparative Politics (Chair), American Political Science Association

2007

Book Manuscript Reviewer, Cambridge University Press

2007

Luebbert Best Book in Comparative Politics (Chair), Award Committee

2007

Research Proposal Reviewer, National Science Foundation

2006 - 2008

Director of International Studies Adjunct Major, Northwestern University

2006 - 2007

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University

2006

Book Manuscript Reviewer, Princeton University Press

2006

Book Manuscript Reviewer, University Press of New England

2006

Conference Committee, Council of Europe

2006

Research Proposal Reviewer, National Science Foundation

2005 - 2006

Co-Chair, International Studies Reform Committee, Northwestern University

2005 - 2006

Director of Honors, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University

2005

Award Committee: Best Book on a European Union Topic, European Community Studies Association

2005

Book Manuscript Reviewer, Routledge Press

2005

Research Proposal Reviewer, European Science Foundation

2004

Research Proposal Reviewer, National Science Foundation

2003 - 2005

Secretary, European Community Studies Association

2003

Award Committee: Best Book, Dissertation, and Paper in West European Politics, American Political Science Association

2003

Book Manuscript Reviewer, Rowman and Littlefield Press

2003

Book Manuscript Reviewer, Sage Press

2002

Award Committee: Best Dissertation on the European Union, European Community Studies Association

2002

Book Manuscript Reviewer, Routledge Press

2002

Research Proposal Reviewer, National Science Foundation

2001 - 2005

Executive Committee, European Community Studies Association

2001 - 2002

Steering Committee, Carnegie Foundation Program on Ethics in International Affairs, Northwestern University

2000

Award Committee: Gabriel Almond Prize, the Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics, American Political Science Association

1999

Award Committee: Best Dissertation on the European Union, European Community Studies Association

 

Conference Program Committee, European Community Studies Association

Languages

 

French (fluent)

 

German (fluent)

 

Italian (fluent)

 

Spanish (conversant)