Peter J. Katzenstein

is the Walter S. Carpenter, Jr.

Professor of International Studies at Cornell University.


His 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 power and uncertainty in world politics, on time and space in the politics of civilizations and regions, and German and European politics. In 2020 he was named the 26th recipient of the Johan Skytte Prize  


Recent books include: Uncertainty and Its Discontents: Worldviews in World Politics (Cambridge University Press 2022); Downfall: The End of the American Order (Cornell University Press, 2022), co-edited with Jonathan Kirshner; and  Protean Power: Exploring the Uncertain and Unexpected in World Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2018), co-edited with Lucia Seybert.  He is the author, coauthor, editor and coeditor of over 40 books, edited volumes or monographs and over 100 articles or book chapters.


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, the American Philosophical Society in 2009 and the British Academy in 2015. He holds six honorary degrees from Renmin University (2008), the University of Piräus (2010), Peking University (2011), the University of Antwerp (2012), the University of Leiden (2015) and China Foreign Affairs University (2015). He is the winner of the Susan Strange Award (2011) of the International Studies Association and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Swiss Political Science Association.


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. 

The Culture of National Security was selected by Choice magazine as one of the top ten books in international relations in 1997; his coauthored book, with Rudra Sil, Beyond Paradigms: Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics was the winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2011; Anglo-America and Its Discontents: Civilizational Identities beyond West and East was one of Foreign Affairs magazine top picks in 2013.


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 other fellowships and continues to serve on the editorial boards and academic advisory committees of various journals and organizations, both in the United States and abroad.


Between 1982 and 2022 Katzenstein has served as the editor of the Cornell Studies in Political Economy which comprises 148 books written by 131 authors, winning 25+ awards, with 373,000+ copies sold and $5.7 million sales.


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. 

Since 2019 Katzenstein has served as a visiting Research Professor at the Social Science Center Berlin.

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