Kathryn Hochstetler is 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 UN World Conferences (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. 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. Professor Hochstetler is on a year-long sabbatical leave from July 1, 2013. She will be a Visiting Fellow at the School of Global Environmental Sustainability of Colorado State University and a Visiting Professor in the research project on Contested World Orders at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg.
- Forthcoming. The Renewed Developmentalist State: The National Development Bank and the Brazil Model. Journal of Development Studies. With Alfred P. Montero.
- 2013 South-South Trade and the Environment: A Brazilian Case Study. Global Environmental Politics 13(1): 30-48.
- 2012 Brazil and the Politics of Climate Change: Beyon the Global Commons. Environmental Politics 21(5): 753-771. With Eduardo Viola.
- Forthcoming 2012. Climate Rights and Obligations for Emerging States: The Cases of Brazil and South Africa. Social Research.
- Forthcoming 2012. Civil Society and the Regulatory State in the South - a Commentary. Regulation and Governance.
- 2011 The Politics of Environmental Licensing: Energy Projects of the Past and Future in Brazil. Studies in Comparative International Development 46(4): 349-371.
- 2011 Crisis and Rapid Re-equilibration: The Consequences of Presidential Challenge and Failure in Latin America. Comparative Politics, 43 (2): 127-145. With David Samuels.
- 2011 The Fates of Presidents in Post-Transition Latin America: From Regime Breakdown to Impeachment to Presidential Breakdown (Review Essay). Journal of Politics in Latin America, 3(1): 125-141.
- 2009 Lynton Caldwell Prize presented annually by the Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics (STEP) section of the American Political Science Association.
- 2008-2009 Distinguished Graduate Award, Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota