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Robert O. Keohane (born 1941) is an Americanmarker academic, who, following the publication of his influential book After Hegemony (1984), became widely associated with the theory of neoliberal institutionalism in international relations. He is currently a Professor of Political Science at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton Universitymarker.

Early life

Keohane was born at the University of Chicago Hospitals. His education through the fifth grade was at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schoolsmarker. When he was 10, the family moved to Mount Carroll, Illinoismarker, where he attended public school; after the 10th grade Keohane was an early entrant to Shimer College, where his parents were professors, then located in Mt. Carroll.

He earned the BA, with honors, from Shimer College in 1961. He obtained his PhD from Harvardmarker in 1966, one year after, he joined the faculty of Swarthmore Collegemarker. He was the student of Harvard University Professor Stanley Hoffmann.


Keohane has taught at Swarthmoremarker, Stanfordmarker, Brandeismarker, Harvardmarker, and Dukemarker. At Harvard he was Stanfield Professor of International Peace, and at Duke he was the James B. Duke Professor of Political Science.

He is the author of many works, including After Hegemony: Cooperation and Discord in the World Political Economy (Princeton University Press, 1984), for which he was awarded the second annual Grawemeyer Award in 1989 for "Ideas Improving World Order".

Between 1974 and 1980 he was editor of the journal International Organization. He has been president of the International Studies Association, 1988-89, and of the American Political Science Association, 1999-2000.

Keohane is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciencesmarker, and has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and the National Humanities Center. He was awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science in 2005, and elected to the National Academy of Sciencesmarker that same year. He was listed as the most influential scholar of international relations in a 2005 Foreign Policy poll. [173042]

Political scientists he has taught include Lisa Martin, Andrew Moravcsik, Layna Mosley, Beth Simmons, and Helen V. Milner. Keohane is married to Nannerl O. Keohane, former president of Duke and herself a noted political scientist.


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