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Department of Politics and International Studies

Professor Elizabeth Kier

Ph.D., Cornell University, Department of Government, 1992. M.A., Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, 1985. B.A., Dickinson College, Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, 1980.


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Professor Elizabeth Kier



Guest Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen (2005-06).
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Washington, (1998- ).
Associate Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Washington (1999-2005).
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley (1993-98).


War and Democracy: Gaining Labor’s Compliance on the Homefront, book project. Analyzes wartime economic mobilization to explore the links between fighting wars and building democracies. Draws on Amitai Etzioni’s typology of compliance in organizations to 1) explain the different strategies states use to mobilize labor; and 2) how these strategies restructure the labor movement and influence the prospects for postwar democracy. Cases studies of Italy, Britain, and France during the Great War.
Virtuous Victory: Doing Well by Doing Right, book project. Analyzes economic mobilization for war, but to explain a different outcome: relative productivity on the homefront. Draws on research in organizational theory and social psychological research on distributive and procedure justice to posit hypotheses about the relative effectiveness of the different strategies states use to mobilize labor for the war effort.


Research Grant, Harry Bridges Labor Center, University of Washington (2006)
Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard (1998-99)
Post-doctoral Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford (1997-98)
SSRC/MacArthur Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Peace and Security in a Changing World (1997-99)
UC Regents' Junior Faculty Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley (1996)
Post-doctoral Fellow, Center for International Security and Arms Cooperation, Stanford (1992-93)
Pre-doctoral Fellow, John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Harvard (1990-91, 1991-92)
Social Science Research Council, Western Europe, Dissertation Fellowship (1989-91)
Institute for the Study of World Politics, Dissertation Fellowship (1988-89)
George Kahin Award for the Most Promising Dissertation in International Relations, Cornell (1989)
Council for European Studies, Pre-dissertation Fellowship (1988)
Michele Sicca Dissertation Fellowship, Western Societies Program, Cornell (1988)
MacArthur Foundation, Graduate Fellowship in Peace Studies & Intl Security (1987-88, 1988-89)
Cornell University Summer Research Grant (1987, 1988, 1990)
Summer Research Grant, Peace Studies Program, Cornell University (1986)
National Resource Fellowship (1985-86)
Graduate Fellowship, Institute of Western Europe, Columbia University (1984-85)


Expert witness for legal challenges to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” (2005-11)
Chair, Committee on the Annual Meeting, APSA (2009 – 12)
Associate Editor, Security Studies (2005-11)
Editorial Board, Security Studies (2005- )
Editorial Board, Security and Governance book series, Routledge Press (2005- )
Editorial Board, International Security (2003 – )
Editorial Board, Politics and Society (1999-2005)
Division Chair, International Security, Program Committee, APSA Annual Meeting, 2008, 2001.
Member, Committee on Professional Ethics, Rights, & Freedoms, APSA (2005 – 08)
Vice President, Organized Section on Qualitative Methods, APSA(2003-06)
Advisory Board Member, Inter-University Consortium for Qualitative Research, 1999-
Governing Council, Intl Security Studies Section, Intl Studies Association, 2004-2006.
Board Member, Committee for the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy, 2005-
Faculty advisor, Dissertation Writing Workshop for CAMOS – Committee for the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy, U.S Army War College, Carlisle, Penn., July 2005.
Committee chair, Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award, International Security Studies Section, International Studies Association, 2005. Member of committee (2004, 2006).
Committee Chair, Sage Award for the Best Paper in Qualitative Methods, APSA (2003).



 American Foreign Policy; War and Politics; Civil-Military Relations in Democracies; Cooperation and Conflict in Twentieth Century Europe; International Conflict.


International Relations Field Seminar; Advanced International Relations Theory, International Security; Qualitative Methods; Constructivism and International Relations; Organizations, Institutions, and International Security; War, Political Violence and the State.

UW Ph.D students 

Terence Lee (chair), Yuko Kawato (chair), Jason Scheideman (chair), Turan Kayauglu (chair), Christi Siver (chair), Michael Strausz (chair), Stephan Hamberg (chair), Andrew Cockrell (chair), Katherine Banks (co-chair), William D’ambruso (chair), John Buchanan (chair), Steven Zech, Josh Eastin, Matt Goldberg, John Griswold, Kristan Seibel, Hiro Sasada, Misti Williams, Robert Farley, Kristin Bakke.
Non-UW Ph.D. students: Chiara Ruffa (European University Institute, Florence), Jeppe Plenge Trautner (University of Aalborg), Brian Rathbun (UC Berkeley), Anne Clunan (US Berkeley).