Professor Kathryn  Hochstetler

Professor Kathryn Hochstetler

Professor of International Development

Department of International Development

English, Portuguese, Spanish
Key Expertise
Energy transitions, renewable energy, climate policy, Brazil

About me

Kathy Hochstetler holds a PhD in Political Science (Minnesota), but has always been interested in the interdisciplinary study of environment and development. She has researched this theme from many angles - global environmental negotiations, regional trade agreements (Mercosur), and through the study of national environmental movements, environment policy, and democratic institutions, primarily in South America. She has conducted field research in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, South Africa, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Her last book was the prize-winning Greening Brazil: Environmental Activism in State and Society (Duke University Press, with Margaret Keck). Her new book, Political Economies of Energy Transition: Wind and Solar Power in Brazil and South Africa, was published in 2021 by Cambridge University Press. You can access the Portuguese-language version of the first chapter here

Hochstetler previously held academic positions at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Political Science department of the University of Waterloo (Canada), the University of New Mexico (US), and Colorado State University (US). She is an Associate Editor of Journal of Politics in Latin America, and on the Editorial Boards of Global Environmental Politics, Latin American Politics and Society, Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional, and several book series. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

You can download Kathy Hochstetler's CV here. 

Expertise Details

Environment and development; Environmental movements; Global environmental negotiations; Development finance; South America; Emerging powers