International studies professor wins Skytte Prize

Peter J. Katzenstein, the Walter S. Carpenter Jr. Professor at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, and professor of government in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the recipient of the 26th Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science.

The prize – considered the Nobel Prize for political science – was given to Katzenstein for his work “furthering the understanding of how history, culture and norms shape economies, as well as national and global security policy,” according to the award committee.

Peter Katzenstein

Katzenstein, a core faculty member of the Einaudi Center’s East Asia Program and Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, is scheduled to receive the award in October in a ceremony in Uppsala, Sweden. 

“[The award] recognizes work that I have done in many different fields of political science over almost half a century,” Katzenstein said. “That feels even more satisfying than winning a prize for a particular piece of scholarship.”

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 worldviews; the politics of civilizations and regions in world politics; and European and German politics.

Katzenstein served as president of the American Political Science Association from 2008-09, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science in 1987, and is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the British Academy. He holds six honorary degrees, and has written or edited more than 40 books. 

He won the 1974 Helen Dwight Reid Award of the American Political Science Association for the best dissertation in international relations; the American Political Science Association’s 1986 Woodrow Wilson prize for the best book published in the United States on international affairs; and shared the 1993 Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize with Nobuo Okawara, law professor at Kyushu University in Japan.

Aarushi Machavarapu ’23 is a communications assistant for the College of Arts and Sciences.

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