Charles Lipson

teaches international politics at the University of Chicago. He also writes for students about academic success and honest work at the university level.

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E-mail: [email protected]


Charles Lipson

Peter B. Ritzma Professor

Political Science Department

University of Chicago

5828 S. University Ave.

Chicago, IL 60637


PIPES Workshop in International Relations

The workshop's focus is on international cooperation and conflict, with attention to both the politics of the world economy and to international security. Most sessions are devoted to the presentation of research-in-progress, by students, faculty and outside speakers.

For the schedule of upcoming speakers at the PIPES Workshop, please click here.

Graduate students actively participate in these seminar sessions and help to schedule them. They also serve as formal discussants for most presentations and lead critical seminars on newly published work in international relations.

Topics at PIPES sessions range across the full range of modern international relations--theory, security affairs, political economy, and international law. Methodologies are equally wide-ranging, from formal models to case studies, from rationalist accounts to constructivist interpretations.

This is a yearlong workshop for advanced graduate students engaged in their own research projects in international relations. Students present their own work, including dissertation proposals or chapters, as well as other advanced research. University faculty and visiting scholars also present their work-in-progress.

Graduate students who have already taken this workshop may enroll again, using the same course numbers (as they would for thesis research or reading courses). Most students take the workshop as a non-graded course; they may do so without any special permission. Simply enroll. Advanced graduate students who wish to receive a grade may do so with the instructors' permission. Grades will be based on the student's presentation of original research and discussion of others' work.

Course numbers::
Autumn: Political Science 593-00
Winter: Political Science 594-00
Spring: Political Science 595-00

This workshop is part of the Program on International Politics, Economics and Security (PIPES), directed by Charles Lipson. To contact PIPES' Program Coordinator, please e-mail [email protected]


PIPES meets on Thursdays, from 4-6:15 pm, in Pick Hall, Room 506, 5828 S. University Ave., on the main quadrangle of the University of Chicago.

METRA from downtown to the 55-56-57th Street stop.
CTA Bus #6 (Express) from downtown to 59th Street.
If driving, please park on 58th St., 59th St., or the Midway Plaisance.
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Getting a Good Recommendation   The Cold War
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