Dr. Kathy Powers is an Assistant 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 included International Relations and International Political Economy. Much of her present research still focuses on International Relations specifically regarding the relationship between trade and conflict, international organizations and international law as well as human rights and restorative justice. Her research focuses on international cooperation specifically institutional design in world politics. Dr. Powers is interested in the determinants of institutional creation, change, effects and termination. She specifically examines the consequences of economic institutions transformation into military organizations on conflict and how the design of the institutions of justice like war crimes tribunals, truth commissions and international courts influence whether victims of human rights violations seek reparations and are awarded them globally. Dr. Powers has published her research in journals such as the Journal of Peace Research, International Interactions, Review of International Studies and Journal of Conflict Resolution. The National Science Foundation has supported her research.
Dr. Powers was recently selected to receive the Office of Support for Effective Teaching (OSET) New Faculty Teaching Award (May, 2013), www.unm.edu/~oset/TeachingAwards.html. Awardees are selected following a nomination and dossier-review process. The New Teacher of the Year Award recognizes the accomplished educators who are recent additions to the UNM faculty prior to the achievement of tenure.
Dr. Powers and UNM President Frank
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.