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Kathy Powers

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Dr. Kathy Powers is an Affiliated Faculty member 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. She was an undergraduate research assistant in Northwestern's Program of African Studies. 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. Her dissertation focused on the impact of African regional trade agreements with military features on war. 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 war. 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 and diaspora 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 is an Associate Professor in the Political Science department and also holds an affiliated appointment in the School of Law.