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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Charles Lipson

Peter B. Ritzma Professor

Political Science Department

University of Chicago

5828 S. University Ave.

Chicago, IL 60637


Charles Lipson

The University of Chicago
Department of Political Science
5828 South University Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

t: 773.702.8053     f: 773.702.1689
[email protected]

 Personal Data
US citizen Married to Susan Bloom Lipson Children: Michael and Jonathan Brief bio here

Ph.D. Harvard 1976 Political Science, Chase Prize in International Relations
A.M. Harvard 1974 Political Science
B.A. Yale 1970 Political Science and Economics, Magna cum laude 

 Academic Positions

University of Chicago, 1977-

Peter B. Ritzma Professor in Political Science and the College 2009-

Co-Founder & Director, Program on International Politics, Economics & Security (PIPES) 1987-


Chair, Undergraduate Concentration in Political Science 2003-

Council of the University Senate 2003-6 and previously

Committee of the Council (Executive Committee of the University Senate) 2003-4

Chair, University Committee on British-Irish Scholarships (Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell), 2005-

Chair, Committee on International Relations 1991-97

Council for Advanced Studies in Peace and Cooperation (CASPIC)

Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Political Science 1989-92

Principal Investigator, Chicago/Pew Project to Integrate the Study of Economics and National Security 1987-92

Program on Interdependent Political Economy, Director 1983-87

Professor of Political Science 2003-09

Associate Professor with tenure 1984-2002

Assistant Professor 1977-84

London School of Economics, Centre for International Studies, Visiting Fellow 1988-89

Harvard University, Center for International Affairs

            Visiting Scholar 1979-80

            Research Associate 1976-77

 Research Grants and Fellowships

Pew Charitable Trusts, Project on Economics and National Security,

                Principal Investigator 1987-92

Program on Cooperation and International Security I (MacArthur Foundation grant) 1985-92

Program on Cooperation and International Security II (MacArthur Foundation grant) 1994-2001

                Director of Research, International Political Economy Module 1994-2001

                Coordinator of International Relations Course 1995-2000

Ford Foundation, Principal Investigator, Scholarly Exchange Project with the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva 1987-91

German Marshall Fund of the United States, Research Fellow 1983-84

Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in International Relations 1979-81

 Professional Service and Honors

Who's Who listings

                Who's Who in America 2002--present

                 Who's Who in the Midwest 1994-present

                Who's Who in American Politics 2009-present

                 Who's Who in American Education 2003-present

                 Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2005-present

Editorial boards and service

                World Politics, Board of Editors 1998-2006

                International Organization, Board of Editors 1984-90, 1996-99; Executive Committee of the Board 1987-90

                Economics and Politics, Associate Editor 1987-90

                Encyclopaedia Britannica, author and consultant 1987

Teaching Awards

               Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Chicago 2011

                                Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award

               Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, University of Chicago 1986

                                Burlington Northern Foundation

Professional Honors: International Relations and Political Science

                National Security Education Program, Selection Panel, David L. Boren Fellowships, 2006-

                Invited speeches and keynote lectures on international politics and US foreign policy at many universities

                Secretary, American Political Science Association 1990-91

                Principal Commencement Speaker, University of Chicago 1987

                              "Historical Memory and America's Role in the World"

                Harper Distinguished Lecture Series, Univ. of Chicago, multiple lectures on international politics since 1992-

                Chase Prize for Research in International Relations, Harvard 1977

Professional Honors: Academic Integrity

               Keynote speaker, Center for Academic Integrity, 2007 Annual Convention

               Invited lectures and keynote speeches on academic integrity at many universities since 2005

                                Saskatchewan, Wisconsin-Superior, Richmond, Hampden-Sydney, Anderson, and others

Other Honors and Professional Service

                British-American Project 1987-present

                Smithsonian Institution, Study Leader, 2009-present

                US-Israel Academic Exchange Program (Board Member), 2008-present

                New York Times, College Program Advisory Board 1997-2001

                Midwest Center for International Security Studies, U. of Chicago representative 1994-98

                Council of the University Senate (University's governing body) 1991-93; 1996-99, 2003-6

                                 Committee of the Council (executive committee of University governing body), 2003-

                John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Consultant, Program in International Peace and Security 1988-89

                Civic Education Project (Yale), Academic Advisor (teachers for East Europe) 1991-99

 Current Research and Teaching
Sources of International Order  Democracies in World Politics International Political Economy
International History:  Modern & Early Modern International Agreements U.S. Foreign Policy



Books on International Politics

• Reliable Partners: How Democracies Have Made a Separate Peace
                            (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003)  Description at Princeton University Press Site

Standing Guard: Protecting Foreign Capital in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
(Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1985)


Books on Education and Academic Honesty

• Cite Right: A Quick Guide to Citation Styles--MLA, APA, Chicago, the Sciences, Professions, and More
2nd ed. (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2011)  Description at U. Chicago Press Site
                            Published in the UC Press series, "Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing"

• How to Write a BA Thesis: A Practical Guide from Your First Ideas to Your Finished Paper
(Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2005)  Description at U. Chicago Press Site
                            Published in the UC Press series, "Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing"
                           Translation: Chinese.

• Doing Honest Work in College: How to Prepare Citations, Avoid Plagiarism, and Achieve Real Academic Success
2nd ed. (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2008)  Description at U. Chicago Press Site | Reviews of 1st ed.
                            Published in the UC Press series, "Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing"
                           Translations: Chinese, Korean


Edited Books on International Politics


• Rational Design of International Institutions, ed. by Barbara Koremenos, Charles Lipson, and Duncan Snidal
                            (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).
                            originally published by International Organization (Autumn 2001)

• Theory and Structure in International Political Economy: An International Organization Reader, ed. by Charles Lipson and Benjamin J. Cohen
(Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999)

• Issues and Agents in International Political Economy: An International Organization reader, ed. by Benjamin J. Cohen and Charles Lipson
(Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999)


 Articles on International Politics

"The Rational Design of International Institutions," (co-authored with Koremenos and Snidal) in Barbara Koremenos, Charles Lipson, and Duncan Snidal, eds., Rational International Institutions, special edition of International Organization 55 (Autumn 2001), pp. 761-99.

"Rational Design: Looking Back to Move Forward," (co-authored with Koremenos and Snidal) in Barbara Koremenos, Charles Lipson, and Duncan Snidal, eds., Rational International Institutions, special edition of International Organization 55 (Autumn 2001), pp. 1053-84.

"International Finance," The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World, 2nd edition (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001).

"European Recovery Program (Marshall Plan Aid)" in R. J. B. Jones, ed., Routledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy (London: Routledge, forthcoming).

"Nationalization of Investments" in R. J. B. Jones, ed., Routledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy (London: Routledge, forthcoming).

"American Support for Israel: History, Sources, Limits," in Gabriel Sheffer, ed., American-Israeli Relations and the "New World Order,"

"Forward" to Kenneth P. Thomas, Capital Beyond Borders (New York: Macmillan, 1997).

"Are Security Regimes Possible? Historical Cases and Modern Issues", in Ephraim Inbar, editor, Regional Security Regimes: Israel and Its Neighbors (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1995).

"Is the Future of Collective Security Like the Past?" in George Downs, ed., Collective Security Beyond the Cold War (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1994), pp. 105-31.

"International Finance," The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993).

"Nationalization," The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993).

"Economic Cooperation among the First and Third Worlds," in Richard Rosecrance, ed., "Cooperation in a World Without Enemies: Solving the Public Goods Problem in International Relations," Working Paper No. 2 new series, Center for International Relations, University of California at Los Angeles, 1992

"Standard Operating Procedures: Debt Policymaking and U. S. National Security," in Henry Bienen, ed., Power, Economic Relations and Security: The United States and Japan in Focus (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1992), pp. 172-85.

"Why Are Some International Agreements Informal?" International Organization 45 (Autumn 1991), pp. 495-538.

"International Debt and National Security: Comparing Victorian Britain and Post-War America" in Barry Eichengreen and Peter Lindert, eds., International Debt in Historical Perspective (Cambridge, MA: M.I.T. Press, 1989), pp. 189-226.

"International Debt and International Institutions" in Miles Kahler, ed., Politics and International Debt (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1986), pp. 219-43.

"Bankers' Dilemmas: Private Cooperation in Rescheduling Sovereign Debts," World Politics 38 (October 1985), pp. 200-225.

"International Cooperation in Economic and Security Affairs," World Politics, 37 (October 1984), pp. 1-23.

"The Transformation of Trade: The Sources and Effects of Regime Change," International Organization, 36 (Spring 1982), special issue on International Regimes, pp. 417-55.

"The International Organization of Third World Debt," International Organization, 35 (Autumn 1981), pp. 603-31.

"The IMF, Commercial Banks, and Third World Debts," in Jonathan David Aronson, ed., Debt and the Less Developed Countries (Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1979).

"The Development of Expropriation Insurance: The Role of Corporate Preferences and State Initiatives," International Organization, 32 (Spring 1978), pp. 351-75.

"Corporate Preferences and Public Policies: Foreign Aid Sanctions and Investment Protection," World Politics, 27 (April 1976), pp. 396-421.

Plus various book reviews for professional journals and opinion articles on public affairs. I also write occasional op-ed pieces on public affairs which appear in newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times and websites such as Real Clear Politics. I discuss similar issues on television and radio.

 Professional Organizations

American Political Science Association

British-American Project

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

President's Circle (leadership group) of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

International Institute for Strategic Studies (London)

International Studies Association

Royal Institute for International Affairs (London)

 University Committees and Service

Permanent Committee Assignments and Affiliations

PIPES: Program on International Politics, Economics and Security (co-founder and director)

Committee on International Relations (former chair)

Newberger Hillel Center at the University of Chicago: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life (former chair)

Center for the Study of Central Banks (New York University Law School, affiliated faculty)


Recent Committees and Service



Faculty Governance (elected to University's two chief faculty governing bodies)
Council of the University Senate (discusses policy issues, multiple terms of service)
Committee of the Council (executive committee of the University Senate; meets regularly with president and provost; 2003-4; 2005-6)

Harper Distinguished Lecture Series for University of Chicago Alumni Association and Development Office
         Speeches in major cities each year, plus talks to reunion gatherings
         Seminars for returning alumni to discuss classic works such as Adam Smith, the Federalist Papers
         Chicago Convenes: day-long seminars for alumni

Governing Committee, Social Sciences Collegiate Division

Selection committee, Chair, University nominees for Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, and Gates scholarships

Address to Graduating Seniors (inaugural event), University High School, University of Chicago Laboratory School

Faculty adviser to student organizations

Orientation sessions for international students, graduate students, undergraduates, etc., based on my work on academic honesty

Week-long summer courses for K-12 teachers on academic honesty


Department of Political Science:

Chair, Undergraduate Major in Political Science (current; multiple years)

Director of Graduate Studies (1989-92)

and other committees


General Community:


Frequent lectures to non-profit community groups and universities around the U.S. and Canada

Multiple talks to student organizations in dorms, fraternities, and clubs

Mutliple talks to community organizations in Hyde Park and Chicago area

Talks for Chicago Council on Global Affairs (formerly Chicago Council on Foreign Relations)

Newberger Hillel Foundation, U. of Chicago, campus organization for Jewish students, faculty, and staff

         Former Chair of Board

         Current chair of special committee on Hillel's relationship with the University of Chicago

         Completed major building and renovation projects, program expansion, hiring, and fundraising

Hillels of Illinois-Jewish Federation, former member of Governing Commission (supervises Jewish student organizations throughout the Midwest)

         Person of Year, 2007, annual dinner




TV, Radio: frequent appearances to discuss international affairs

Repeat appearances on CNN, FOX, MSNBC, WTTW (PBS), CLTV, WGN-TV, NBC5, CBS2-Chicago; WFLD-Fox TV Chicago; Beyond the Beltway with Bruce Dumont (public television and nationally syndicated radio), Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg (WGN radio); WGN morning and midday shows (WGN radio), WBEZ (NPR-Chicago), WLS radio (Chicago), POTUs (Sirius-XM Satellite Radio), various public radio and television stations, and others

Newspapers: frequent editorial commentaries (op-ed pieces), principally in the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, on international politics and economics, US foreign policy, trade policy; Middle East politics, higher education, and other issues

 University Course Offerings

Recent Course Offerings

Workshop In International Relations (PIPES) year-long workshop for advanced graduate students
Introduction to International Politics undergraduate and graduate lecture course
Hard Questions in IR Theory graduate seminar
Sources of International Order graduate seminar
International Relations: Perspectives on Conflict & Cooperation lectures and seminars
Big Wars: Ancient. Medieval, and Early Modern undergraduate and graduate lecture course
World Politics in the 19th Century: A History undergraduate and graduate lecture course
World Politics in the 20th Century, 1914-45: A History undergraduate and graduate lecture course
World Politics in the 20th Century, 1945-91: A History undergraduate and graduate lecture course
  All lecture courses have extensive multimedia presentations  
Power, Resistance, and Identity Social Science Core course (Smith, Marx, Durkheim)
Blue square Core Values of the West Seminar for advanced undergraduates (new course I am solo teaching)


Multimedia courses on World Political History

I am now offering 5 courses (in rotation on different years):

Undergrad & Grad course numbers     
Blue square

World Politics from the 1490s to 1815: A History

Political Science 213 & 323
Blue square Great Power Politics in the Nineteenth Century: A History Political Science 214 & 324
Blue square World Politics in the Twentieth Century, 1914-45: A History Political Science 215 & 325
Blue square Cold War, 1945-91: A History Political Science 216 & 326
Blue square Big Wars: Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Political Science 291 & 392

 Biography listed in

Who's Who in the United States (and several other Who's Who books for education, politics, etc.)

International Authors and Writers Who's Who

Contemporary Authors New Revision Series (Gale Research)

Dictionary of American Scholars (Gale)

Pages on this Web site
Lipson Courses
Lipson talks
Home List of my courses
International Politics
Talks on Education & Honesty
Books by Charles Lipson
Talks by Charles Lipson Hard Questions in IR Theory
Courses offered
PIPES Workshop
International Relations Resources
World History& Politics
Reading, Writing, Plagiarism 15th-18th c. World Politics
How to Write a Thesis 19th c World Politics
Politics and Culture 20th c World Politics to 1945
Fun 20th c World Politics 1945-91
Talks on Global Issues
News Pages
Big Wars: Ancient, Medieval, & Early Modern What's New about the New Economy?
World News
Values, Politics, and Culture
The World America Made
Middle East News Core Western Values Political Threats to Global Prosperity
Headline News
Social Science Core
Turning Points of the 20th Century
World News-Web Audio Power, Identity, Resistance Democracies in World Politics
Advice for students
  Israel's Challenges
How to Write a Thesis   China in World Politics
Getting a Good Recommendation   The Cold War
Law School: Advice on Applying   Why We Fought WW2
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