Kristen Renwick Monroe

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Chancellor's Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Political Science
School of Social Sciences
PH.D., University of Chicago, 1974
Phone: (949) 824-6092
Fax: (949) 824-8762
University of California, Irvine
4103 Social Sciences Plaza A
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Political Psychology, Political Economy, Ethics with special emphasis on rationality, altruism, genocide, and gender equality
Academic Distinctions
2010-2011 Moral Courage Lecturer, Principia College
2010 Goodnow Award, American Political Science Association
2010 Ithiel De Sola Pool Award, American Political Science Association
Paul Silverman Award for Distinguished Work in Ethics, 2010
UCI Faculty Senate Award for Distinguished Research 2008
President, International Society of Political Psychology, 2007-2008
2005 Guetzkow-Heyns-McKeachie Lecturer, University of Michigan.
The Hand of Compassion: Portraits of Moral Choice during the Holocaust
2005 Winner, Robert Lane Award for Best Book in Political Psychology, American Political Science Association. Honorable Mention 2005 Giovanni Sartori Award, APSA. Nominated for the National book Award. Subject of special panels at the 2005 Meetings of the International Society of Political Psychology (July 2005, Toronto) and the Social Science History Association (November 2005, Portland).
Vice President, International Society of Political Psychology, 2003-6
Vice President, American Political Science Association, 2002
President, American Political Science Association Section on Political Psychology, 2001-2
The Heart of Altruism: Perceptions of a Common Humanity.
1997 Pulitzer Prize Nominee, Winner of the Best Book Award, American Political Science Association Section on Political Psychology. Subject of an APSA Panel, 1997.
Vice President and Council Member, 1999-2001. Midwest Political Science Association
Earhart Fellow, 1985-6, 1989-90, 2001-1.
Laurance S. Rockefeller Fellow, Princeton University, , University Center for Human Values 1991-2
Killam Fellow in Political Economy and Econometrics, University of British Columbia, 1975-76
LaVerne Noyes Fellow, University of Chicago, 1970-2
Visiting Fellow, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University 1991-91, 1992-3
Meta-Mentoring Award for Changing the Discipline of Political Science. 2007. Mentor of Distinction Award, American Political Science Association, Women’s Caucus for Political Science, 1993. Certificate of Appreciation for Extraordinary Service, APSA Women’s Caucus 2001.
Killam Post-Doctoral Fellow in Econometrics and Political Economy, University of British Columbia
Research Abstract
Kristen Renwick Monroe is a scholar whose work has changed the field of political psychology, political economy, and normative political theory. Monroe’s award-winning work on altruism and moral choice deals with a central problem in politics and ethics: our treatment of others. Her work provides a valuable counter-point to rational choice theory, suggesting identity constrains choices by limiting the options we find available, not just ethically but cognitively. Monroe is the author of 18 single-authored books or edited volumes and over 100 articles or book chapters. Her awards include two Pulitzer nominations, a National Book Award nomination, several American Political Science Association Best Book awards and/or honorable mentions, two of the APSA's lifetime achievement awards (the 2010 Goodnow Award and APSA's 2010 Ithiel deSola Pool Award), two lifetime achievement awards from the International Society of Political Psychology, UCI's Distinguished Research Award, and the 2010 Paul Silverman Award for Outstanding Work in Ethics. She has served as the President of the International Society of Political Psychology and Vice-president of the American Political Science Association. Her most recently completed works include "Chloe and Nicole and the Elephant in the Parlor: Essays on Identity and Ethics", "Empowering Women" about gender equality in academia, "When Conscience Calls: Portraits of Moral Courage", and a book in progress on the decline of democracy in the USA and Germany during the Weimar period.
[1] The Political Process and Economic Change (Editor). New York: Agathon Press, 1983.

[2] Presidential Popularity and the Economy: New York: Praeger, 1984.

[3] The Economic Approach to Politics: A Critical Reassessment of the Theory of Rational Action.
(Editor). New York: HarperCollins, 1991.

[4] Political Economy and Political Psychology. (Editor) Special edition of POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY. 16, 1 (March 1995).

[5] The Heart of Altruism: Perceptions of a Common Humanity. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996. 1997 Best Book Award, American Political Science Association, Section on Political Psychology. 1997 Pulitzer Prize nominee.

[6] Contemporary Empirical Political Theory. (Editor) Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1997.

[7] Political Psychology (Editor). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, November 2002

[8] The Hand of Compassion: Portraits of Moral Choice during the Holocaust. 2004. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Winner Robert Lane Award, Honorable Mention Giovanni Sartori Award, APSA. National book Award nominee.

[9] Perestroika! The Raucous Revolution in Political Science. (Editor). New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2005.

[10] Fundamentals of the Stem Cell Debate: The Scientific, Religious, Ethical, and Political Issues. Co-edited with Ronald B. Miller and Jerome Tobis. University of California Press. 2007. Reviewed in Nature, New England Journal of Medicine.

[11] On Behalf of Others: The Psychology of Benevolence in a Global World. Edited volume with C. Kinnvall and Sarah Scuzzarello. Oxford U Press. 2009.

[12] Ethics in an Age of Terror and Genocide: Identity, Political Psychology and Moral Choice. Princeton U Press. 2012.
[13] Science, Ethics, and Politics: Conversations and Investigations. Edited volume with chapters by Francisco Ayala, Kenneth Arrow, Warren S. Brown, William Chiu, Joe DiMento, Gil Geis, Peter Hawkins Jennifer Hochschild, Cheryl Koopman, Nicholas Lampros, Chloe Lampros-Monroe, Adam Martin, Rose McDermott, Kristen Renwick Monroe, Gregory Peterson, Bridgette Portman, Thomas Schelling, Michael Spezio, Kevin Reimer, James Van Slyke, and Nicole Wernimont. Paradigm Press. 2011.
[14] A Darkling Plain: Stories of Conflict and Humanity during War. (2015), Cambridge University Press. With Chloe Lampros-Monroe and Jonah Pellecchia and the assistance of Sif Heide-Ottosen, Shant Setrak Meguerditchian and the Students in Political Science 149C, 2015.

[15] Interdisciplinarity: Its Role in a Discipline-based Academy.2014. Oxford University Press. John Aldrich with Robert Alexrod, Karen Beckwith, Michael Brintnall, Matthew C. Moen, Kristen Monroe, and Kenneth Prewitt

[16] Narratives of [In]Security, Nationhood, Culture, Religion, and Gender. With Catarina Kinnvall and Molly Andrews. Special issue in Political Psychology. 36, 2 (April) 2015.

[17] On Ethics and Economics: Conversations with Kenneth Arrow. 2016. With Kenneth J. Arrow and Nicholas Lampros. Foreword by Amartya Sen. Francis and Taylor/Routledge and Kegan Paul Press.

[18] The Evils of Polygyny. The Easton Lectures with Rose McDermott. Comments by B.J. Wary, Robert Jervis, and Valerie Hudson. Kristen Monroe, editor. Forthcoming, Cornell University Press.
MAJOR GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS LaVerne Noyes Fellow, University of Chicago, 1970-72 Killam Fellow, University of British Columbia, 1974-76 Spencer Foundation Grants (2), 1979-82, 2006-8 Exxon Educational Fund Grant, 1981-82 National Science Foundation Grants (2), 1981, 1982 Social Science Research Council of Canada, 1984-85 Earhart Foundation Grants (3), 1985-86, 1989-90, 2000 Visiting Fellow, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton, 1990-1991 Laurance S. Rockefeller Fellow, 1991-1992 Center for German and European Studies, 1993 Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies, 1995-6, 2005-2006 Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, 1997-8 National Endowment for the Humanities, 1998 Social Science Research Grant, 1999 Earhart Fellow 2000 National Science Foundation 2000 National Science Foundation, SBE Advance Institutional Transformation Award 2001-6 Center for German and European Studies 2002-3 UCI Committee on Research, Computing and Libraries 2002-3 Biosophical Society, 2006-7 California Postsecondary Education 2007-2011 NSF, 2012-2014. Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. 2012-2013 Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, UCI, 2016 Berlin Prize, 2018
Professional Societies
Am. Political Science Assn. Internat. Society of Political Psychology
Other Experience
UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality
Research Centers
Director, UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientif Study of Ethics and Morality
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