Kathy L. Powers, Associate Professor

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Phone: (505) 277-7738
Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Kathy Powers is an Associate Professor who specializes in international relations. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies with an emphasis in East Asia from Northwestern University. Dr. Powers has an M.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in American Politics and Political Economy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and earned a doctorate from Ohio State University. Her doctoral fields of specialization include International Relations and International Political Economy. Much of her present research focuses on international organizations and international law with respect to human rights and restorative justice as well as trade and conflict. Dr. Powers is interested in the  determinants of institutional creation, change, effects and termination in general. She specifically examines the institutional and legal determinants of global reparations efforts following mass human rights violations, the independence of international organizations and how economic institutions that transform into military organizations impact war. Dr. Powers has published her research in journals such as Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, International Interactions, Foreign Policy Analysis, NAACP Special Edition and the Review of International Studies. The National Science Foundation has supported her research. She is the 2013 recipient of the UNM OSET New Faculty University Teaching Award and the 2010 recipient of the Faculty of Color Teaching Award from The Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color (PNMGC). Dr. Powers also holds affiliated appointments in the UNM Program of Africana Studies and the School of Law.

Recent Accomplishments

Dr. Kathy Powers, professor in the Department of Political Science, and affiliated faculty with Africana Studies, was awarded the prestigious fellowship to study at the Woodrow Wilson Center over the summer. She also spent part of the summer teaching in Germany. An international relations scholar, Powers’ project at the Wilson Center was "Violence and Victim Redress - Understanding the Causes of Reparations: Bosnia and Herzegovina Transitional Justice Efforts in the Aftermath of Civil Conflict."

Dr. Powers presented a lecture on "Victim's Justice in the Aftermath of Genocide:  Lessons from Efforts in the Balkans" at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC on June 24, 2015.  More information on the lecture can be found at:  http://www.wilsoncenter.org/program/global-europe-program

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum recently awarded a research fellowship to Dr. Kathy Powers for her research project, "Victim's Justice: Holocaust Legacies of Reparations for a Transitional Justice Era." She will spend three months in residency, from September 1 to November 28, 2014, working on the project at the Museum's location in Washington, DC!

Selected Publications

Prakash Adhikhari, Wendy L. Hansen and Kathy L. Powers. “The Demand for Reparations: Determinants of Transitional Justice in the Aftermath of the Nepali Civil War.”  Accepted for publication at the Journal of Conflict Resolution, forthcoming.

Kathy L. Powers and Gary Goertz. "The Economic--Institutional Construction of Regions: Conceptualization and Operationalization." Accepted for publication at the Review of International Studies, forthcoming. 

Kathy L. Powers. “The Globalization of Reparations Movements,” NAACP Special Edition. pgs. 1-17, July-August 2007. 2nd edition. Lead article.

Kathy L. Powers. “Dispute Initiation and Alliance Obligations in Regional Economic Institutions,” Journal of Peace Research. 43:4, pgs. 453-471, July 2006.

Kathy L Powers. “International Trade Institutions: Formal Mechanisms for Dealing with Resource Conflict,” GeoJournal. 64:4, pgs. 319-328, December 2005.

Kathy L. Powers. “Regional Trade Agreements as Military Alliances,” International Interactions. 30:4, pgs. 373-395, October-December 2004.