Katzenstein, Peter J. 1945–

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Katzenstein, Peter J. 1945–

(Peter Joachim Katzenstein)


Born February 17, 1945, in Wesermuende, Germany (now Bremerhaven, West Germany); came to the United States in 1964, naturalized citizen, 1979; son of Gerhard (in business) and Gerda Katzenstein; married Mary Fainsod (a professor), June 18, 1970; children: Tai, Suzanne. Education: Swarthmore College, B.A. (with highest honors), 1967; London School of Economics and Political Science, London, M.Sc. (with distinction), 1968; Harvard University, Ph.D., 1973.


Home—Ithaca, NY. Office—Department of Government, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853. E-mail—[email protected]


University of Massachusetts—Boston, instructor in politics, 1972-73; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, assistant professor, 1973-77, associate professor, 1977-80, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr., Professor of International Studies, 1980—. Fellow of Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1981-82.


International Studies Association, European Consortium for Political Research, American Political Science Association, Conference Group on German Politics, Council on European Studies, Phi Beta Kappa.


Helen Dwight Reid Award from American Political Science Association, 1974, for doctoral dissertation; Ford Foundation grant, 1974-77; U.S. Office of Education grant, 1975-77; fellowship from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, 1976-77; Rockefeller Foundation fellowship, 1977-79; German Marshall Fund fellowship, 1979-81.


From Many, One and from One, Many: Political Unification, Political Fragmentation, and Cultural Cohesion in Europe since 1815 (monograph), Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 1974.

(With Douglas Ashford and T.J. Pempel) Bibliography of Comparative Public Policy in Britain, West Germany, Japan, and France, American Society for Public Administration (Washington, DC), 1976.

Disjoined Partners: Austria and Germany since 1815, University of California Press (Berkeley, CA), 1976.

(Contributor) Richard Rosecrance, editor, America as an Ordinary Country: United States Foreign Policy and the Future, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 1976.

(Contributor) Milton J. Esman, editor, Ethnic Conflict in the Western World, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 1977.

(With Ashford and Pempel) Comparative Public Policy: A Cross-national Bibliography, Sage Publications (Thousand Oaks, CA), 1978.

(Editor, with Sidney Tarrow and Luigi Graziano and contributor) Territorial Politics in Industrial Nations, Praeger (Westport, CT), 1978.

(Editor and contributor) Between Power and Plenty: Foreign Economic Policies of Advanced Industrial States, University of Wisconsin Press (Madison, WI), 1978.

Corporatism and Change: Austria, Switzerland, and the Politics of Industry, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 1984.

Small States in World Markets, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 1985.

Policy and Politics in West Germany: The Growth of a Semi-sovereign State, Temple University Press (Philadelphia, PA), 1987.

(Editor) Industry and Politics in West Germany, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 1989.

(Editor) Comparative Theory and Political Experience: Mario Einaudi and the Liberal Tradition, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 1990.

(Coauthor) Defending the Japanese State: Structure, Norms, and the Political Responses to Terrorism and Violent Social Protest in the 1970s and 1980s, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 1991.

(Coauthor) Japan's National Security: Structures, Norms, and Policy Responses in a Changing World, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 1993.

(Editor) The Culture of National Security: Norms and Identity in World Politics, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 1996.

Cultural Norms and National Security: Police and Military in Postwar Japan, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 1996.

(Editor) Mitteleuropa: Between Europe and Germany, Berghahn Books (New York, NY), 1997.

(Editor) Network Power: Japan and Asia, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 1997.

(Editor) Tamed Power: Germany in Europe, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 1997.

(Editor) Exploration and Contestation in the Study of World Politics, MIT Press (Cambridge, MA), 1999.

(With others) Asian Regionalism, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 2000.

(Editor, with J.J. Suh and Allen Carlson) Rethinking Security in East Asia: Identity, Power, and Efficiency, Stanford University Press (Stanford, CA), 2004.

A World of Regions: Asia and Europe in the American Imperium, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 2005.

(Editor, with Takashi Shiraishi) Beyond Japan: The Dynamics of East Asian Regionalism, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 2006.

(Editor, with Timothy A. Byrnes) Religion in an Expanding Europe, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 2006.

(Editor, with Robert O. Keohane) Anti-Americanisms in World Politics, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 2007.

Rethinking Japanese Security: Internal and External Dimensions, Routledge (New York, NY), 2008.

Contributor of articles and reviews to political science journals. International Organization, member of editorial board and executive committee, 1976—, editor, 1980—.


Peter J. Katzenstein earned his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College, then went on earn graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and Harvard University. A professor of government and international relations at Cornell University, his primary areas of research and academic interest involve the point where international relations and comparative politics overlap, particularly security, the political economy, and culture on a global scale. He has contributed articles and reviews to a number of political science journals and serves on the editorial board for International Organization. He is also the author and editor of numerous books.

A World of Regions: Asia and Europe in the American Imperium takes a harsh stance in that it addresses U.S. governmental policymaking as being based in a false realist school of analysis, resulting in poor policies at best and dangerous political decisions at worst. Katzenstein proposes that insufficient attention is paid to regional differences, when it is these very differences that shape many political decisions. Ron Huisken, in a review for Contemporary Southwest Asia, noted: "This book is not for the faint-hearted or, indeed, for the thin-skinned." Foreign Affairs writer G. John Ikenberry called the book a "grandly illuminating study of Asian and European regionalism."

Katzenstein served as coeditor of Religion in an Expanding Europe, along with Timothy A. Bynes. The book collects a series of essays on the present-day political and economic status of Europe, and how they are affected by religious beliefs and practices. It also looks at religion as a type of unifier in the wake of the creation of the European Union. Stanley Hoffmann, also writing for Foreign Affairs, found the book "remarkably enlightening and thought provoking."



Contemporary Southeast Asia, August, 2006, Ron Huisken, review of A World of Regions: Asia and Europe in the American Imperium, p. 356.

Foreign Affairs, November-December, 2005, G. John Ikenberry, review of A World of Regions; September-October, 2006, Stanley Hoffmann, review of Religion in an Expanding Europe.

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