Jennifer Sterling-Folker


Political Science

International Relations, International Organizations

Ph.D. University of Chicago

Professor Sterling-Folker is an international relations theorist whose writing focuses on theories of international organization and global governance.  She is the author of Making Sense of International Relations Theory (Lynne Rienner, 2005; 2013); Theories of International Cooperation and the Primacy of Anarchy: Explaining U.S. International Monetary Policy-Making After Bretton Woods (SUNY Press, 2002); numerous book chapters and articles that have appeared in International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Review, and Millennium.  She is currently the Alan R. Bennett Honors Professor of Political Science.  She is also a co-editor of the BISA journal, Review of International Studies, and a member of the ISA publications committee.  She has served as a co-editor of International Studies Review, an Associate Editor of International Studies Perspective, the series editor for Dilemmas in World Politics, and a member of the ISA Nominations Committee.


Refereed journal articles:

  • “The Emperor Wore Cowboy Boots.” (2008) International Studies Perspective, vol. 9, no. 3 (August): 319-330. Contribution to a special symposium on “American Empire.”
  • “Lamarckian With a Vengeance:  Human Nature and American International Relations Theory.” (2006)  Journal of  International Relations and Development, vol. 9, no. 3 (September): 227-246.
  •  “Discourses of Power: Traversing the Realist-Postmodern Divide.” Co-author with Rosemary E. Shinko. (2005) Millennium: Journal of International Studies, Special Issue, vol.33, number 3, (Mach): 637-664. Reprinted in Power in World Politics, editors Felix Berenskoetter and M. J. Williams, eds., London/New York: Routledge 2007.
  • “Realism and the Constructivist Challenge: Rejecting, Reconstructing, or Rereading.” (2002) International Studies Review, vol. 4, issue 1 (Spring): 73-97.
  • “Competing Paradigms or Birds of a Feather? Constructivism and Neoliberal Institutionalism Compared” International Studies Quarterly , vol. 44 (March 2000): 97-119.
  • “Realist Environment, Liberal Process, and Domestic-Level Variables,” International Studies Quarterly, vol. 41 (March 1997): 1-25.

Book Chapters

  •  “Realism.”   Co-author with Jason Charrette.  (forthcoming, 2013)  In International Organization and Global Governance, Thomas G. Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson, eds.  London:  Routledge.
  • “Neoliberalism.” (2010) In International Relations Theory: Discipline and Diversity. Tim Dunne, Milja Kurki, and Steve Smith, eds., Oxford University Press.
  • “Constructivism.”  Co-author with Dina Badie.  (2011).  In The Routledge Handbook of American Foreign Policy.  Steven Hook and Christopher Jones, eds.  London: Routledge.
  • “Realist Theorizing as Tradition: Forward Is As Forward Does.” (2009) In Rethinking Realism in International Relations: Between Tradition and Innovation. Annette Freyberg-Inan, Patrick James, and Ewan Harrison eds. John Hopkins University Press.
  • “Neoclassical Realism and Identity:  Peril Despite Profit Across the Taiwan Straits.”  (2009) In Neoclassical Realism, the State, and Foreign Policy, Steven Lobell, Norrin M. Ripsman, and Jeffrey Taliaferro, eds. Cambridge University Press.
  • “Realist Global Governance:  Revisiting Cave! hic dragones and Beyond.”  (2005) In World Orders and Rule Systems, Contending Perspectives on Global Governance, Matthew Hoffmann and Alice Ba, eds.  London:  Routledge.
  • “Conflict and the Nation-State:  Magical Mirrors of Muggles and Refracted Images.”  Co-authored with Brian Folker (2006)  In Harry Potter in International Relations, Daniel Nexon and Iver B. Neumman, eds.  Rowan and Littlefield.
  • Evolutionary Tendencies in Realist and Liberal Theory. In Evolutionary Interpretations of World Politics, ed. William R. Thompson.  New York : Routledge, 2001.
  • “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: ‘Assertive Multilateralism’ in Post-Cold War US Foreign Policy-Making,” (1998)  In After the End: Making U.S. Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War World, ed. James M. Scott. Duke University Press.


  • Proseminar in International Relations Theory (POLS 5300)
  • International Organization (POLS 5330)
  • Introduction to International Relations (POLS 1402)
  • International Organization and Law (POLS/HRTS 3418)

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