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Robert O. Keohane
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Full name

Robert Owen Keohane

Alternative names

Rocky Keohane, Robert O. Keohane

Presence at Shimer


Presence on Earth



Shimer College 1961


Harvard University 1964


Harvard University 1966


Mount Carroll period alum, Chicago period trustee

Eminent American International political economist Prof07:39

Eminent American International political economist Prof. Robert Keohane at Goa University-2


Robert O. Keohane is a 1961 graduate and current trustee of Shimer College. In 2011-2012, he chaired the Presidential Search Committee that ultimately selected Susan Henking as the school's 14th president.

Brief descriptionEdit

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Robert O. Keohane (b. 1941) is an American scholar of international relations, best known for his work on neoliberal institutionalism. His numerous books include After Hegemony (1984) and Power and Governance in a Partially Globalized World (2002). Currently a professor at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, Keohane has received numerous awards for his scholarship. Among these, he was honored with the Centennial Medal of the Harvard Graduate School in 2012. Keohane received his bachelor's degree in 1961 from Shimer College, a Great Books school where he now sits on the Board of Trustees. He received his graduate education at Harvard, where he completed his Ph.D. in 1966. (from Shimer College Wiki)


Shimer connectionsEdit

Writings about ShimerEdit

  • "Editorial" (1959):
    The real strength of Shimer College lies in the fact that it is a true community. The common academic program and proximity in living quarters serve to weld the students into a relatively homogeneous body. Interest groups add to the atmosphere of diversified unity without breaking the campus into opposing factions. In the student body, the whole is certainly equal to more than the sum of its parts.
    There are discordant notes in Shimer life. However, let no one say that these superficialities overshadow the foundation on which the school is built. The unfettered and harmonious community of scholars is a rare thing in the twentieth century -- let us take advantage of it while it lasts.
  • "Letter to the Assembly" (2010)


This article incorporates material from wikipedia:Robert Keohane.

Following the publication of his influential book After Hegemony in 1984, Keohane became widely associated with the theory of neoliberal institutionalism in international relations. He is currently a Professor of Political Science at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.[1]

Life and workEdit

Keohane was born at the University of Chicago Hospitals. His education through the fifth grade was at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. When he was 10, the family moved to Mount Carroll, Illinois, where he attended public school and his parents taught at Shimer College. After the 10th grade Keohane enrolled at Shimer as an early entrant.

He earned the BA, with honors, from Shimer College in 1961. He obtained his PhD from Harvard in 1966, one year after he joined the faculty of Swarthmore College. He was the student of Harvard University Professor Stanley Hoffmann.

Keohane has taught at Swarthmore, Stanford, Brandeis, Harvard, and Duke. At Harvard he was Stanfield Professor of International Peace, and at Duke he was the James B. Duke Professor of Political Science.

He is the author of many works, including After Hegemony: Cooperation and Discord in the World Political Economy (Princeton University Press, 1984), for which he was awarded the second annual Grawemeyer Award in 1989 for "Ideas Improving World Order".

Between 1974 and 1980 he was editor of the journal International Organization. He has been president of the International Studies Association, 1988-89, and of the American Political Science Association, 1999-2000.

Keohane is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Science and has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and the National Humanities Center. He was awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science in 2005, and elected to the National Academy of Sciences that same year. He was listed as the most influential scholar of international relations in a 2005 Foreign Policy poll. [2]

Political scientists he has taught include Lisa Martin, Andrew Moravcsik, Layna Mosley, Beth Simmons, and Helen V. Milner. Keohane is married to Nannerl O. Keohane, former president of Duke and herself a noted political scientist.[1][3]


Books Edit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sharon Walsh and Jeffrey Brainard, 'Duke's Ex-President and Her Husband Head to Princeton; Penn's Medical School Denies Tenure to 2 Bioethicists', in The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 29, 2004 [1]
  2. "Coming Soon". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  3. Charlick, Hannah (October 15, 2004). "Keohanes to join Wilson School faculty". The Daily Princetonian. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. 
  4. "The Regime Complex for Climate Change by David Victor, Robert Keohane :: SSRN". Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  5. "The Regime Complex for Climate Change - Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs". Retrieved 2011-09-19. 

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