Kathryn Hochstetler

Professor | Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair of Governance in the Americas

Kathryn HochstetlerAreas of specialization

Global governance,

Comparative politics,

Latin America


BA (Earlham), PhD (Minnesota)

Kathryn Hochstetler is Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Chair of Governance in the Americas in the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo. Previously, she taught in the Political Science departments of the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University. She has also held research positions at the Centre for Brazilian Studies at Oxford University and the Instituto de Desarrollo Economico y Social (Institute for Economic and Social Development) in Buenos Aires. Her PhD is from the University of Minnesota, in Political Science.

Dr. Hochstetler has published widely on topics such as civil society and social movements, environmental politics, and presidentialism, with an empirical focus on South America or United Nations conferences. She has published three books: Greening Brazil: Environmental Activism in State and Society (Duke University Press, 2007, with Margaret E. Keck); Advances in International Environmental Politics (Palgrave MacMillan, 2006, co-edited with Michele Betsill and Dimitris Stevis); and Sovereignty, Democracy and Global Civil Society: State-Society Relations at United Nations World Conferences (State University of New York (SUNY) University Press, 2005, with Ann Marie Clark and Elisabeth Jay Friedman).

Her current research includes a study (with SSHRC funding 2011-2014) of the positions Brazil and South Africa are taking in global climate change negotiations, as well as their implementation of their commitments through energy projects at home. Professor Hochstetler is writing a book on the relationship between environment and development as seen in the renewable electricity sectors in these two regional powers. This research is part of her broader interests in the emerging powers and the ways their national development strategies shape their participation in the global political economy and regional politics. 

Advances in International Environmental Politics

This book introduces the field of international environmental politics through surveys of its major approaches and debates by providing comprehensive and pluralistic reviews stressing the diversity of the field's origins, theories, and methods.  It also reviews the theoretical and empirical trajectories of international political economy, gender, knowledge, governance, transnational actors, and security and provides four distinct frameworks for evaluating IEP: effectiveness, transparency, sustainability, and justice.

Additional links and information

For a full list of publications please see Dr. Hochstetler's Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Balsillie School of International Affairs web page

Contact information

Email: khochstet@uwaterloo.ca
Office: Hagey Hall 354
Phone: ext 38892

University of Waterloo

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