Kathryn Hochstetler

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. 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. 


  1. Forthcoming. Kathryn Hochstetler and J. Ricardo Tranjan. Environment and Consultation in the Brazilian Democratic Developmental State
  2. 2015 Kathryn Hochstetler and Genia Kostka Wind and Solar Power in Brazil and China: Interests State-Business Relations and Policy Outcomes 15(3): 74-94
  3. 2015 Kathryn Hochstetler and Manjana Milkoreit Responsibilities in Transition: Emerging Powers in the Climate Change Negotiations 21(2): 205-226
  4. 2015 https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/brazil/2015-03-22/democracy-brazil-style Snapshot: Democracy Brazil Style
  5. 2015 Kathryn Hochstetler and Marília Oliveira Old Ways and New Alternatives in Brazilian Politics February 62-67
  6. 2015 More Change, More Future. <em><a href=http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/142299/kathryn-hochstetler/more-change-more-future Hochstetler Kathryn 2014 "More Change More Future" (January 8 2015)
  7. 2014 The Brazilian National Development Bank Goes International: Innovations and Limitations of BNDES' Internationalization 5(3): 360-365
  8. 2014 Kathryn Hochstetler and Manjana Milkoreit Emerging Powers in the Climate Change Negotiations: Shifting Identity Conceptions 67(1): 224-235 With Manjana Milkoreit
  9. 2013 The Renewed Developmentalist State: The National Development Bank and the Brazil Model 49(11): 1484-1499 With Alfred P Montero
  10. 2013 South-South Trade and the Environment: A Brazilian Case Study 13(1): 30-48
  11. 2012 Brazil and the Politics of Climate Change: Beyon the Global Commons 21(5): 753-771 With Eduardo Viola
  12. 2012 Climate Rights and Obligations for Emerging States: The Cases of Brazil and South Africa
  13. 2012 Civil Society and the Regulatory State in the South - a Commentary

Academic/Professional Awards

  1. 2009 Lynton Caldwell Prize presented annually by the Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics (STEP) section of the American Political Science Association.
  2. 2008-2009 Distinguished Graduate Award, Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota