Curriculum Vitae

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International relations, international law, global capitalism and law, ethics in international affairs


Ph.D. in Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996.
B.A. Magna Cum Laude, with distinction in all subjects, Cornell University, 1988.


Lady Board of Managers of the Columbian Exposition Chair, 2018-2020.
Professor of Political Science and Law, Northwestern University, 2010 to present.
Permanent Visiting Professor,  iCourts Center of Excellence, University of Copenhagen School of Law, 2012-present.
Associate Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University, 2003- 2010.
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University, 2000-2003.
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Smith College, 1996-2000.


International Court Authority. Karen J. Alter, Laurence R. Helfer and Mikael R. Madsen eds. Oxford University Press, 2018.
The Law and Politics of the Andean Tribunal of Justice. With Laurence Helfer. Oxford University Press. 2017.
The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics Rights. Princeton University Press 2014.
The Oxford Handbook on International Adjudication. Cesare Romano, Karen J. Alter and Yuval Shany eds, Oxford University Press, 2014.
The European Court’s Political Power. Oxford University Press 2009.
Establishing the Supremacy of European Law. Oxford University Press 2001.

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Recent Grants, Fellowships and Prizes

Buffett Fellow, Buffet Institute Northwestern, 2016-2020
W Innovation Grant, Northwestern University: Ruling the Global Economy: Why is money so different from trade?, 2017
Roberta Buffett Institute “Big Ideas” Grant: Research Group on Global Capitalism and Law, 2016-2019
Certificate of Merit for a Preeminent Contribution to Creative Scholarship, American Society of International Law 2015
International Studies Association: Best Book in International Law 2015
Honorable mention for the Chadwick Alger Prize for the Best Book on Multilateralism 2015
Public Voices Fellowship 2013
Bosch Public Policy Fellow, American Academy Berlin 2012
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship 2011