Kathleen E. Powers

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Government

I research foreign policy, public opinion, and international security using theories and concepts from psychology. Much of my work examines how nationalism and values shape foreign policy public opinion. I also conduct research about motives in international conflict. At Dartmouth, I teach courses on international relations, political psychology, and foreign policy public opinion. 

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Silsby, Room 223
HB 6108




The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding


  • Ph.D. The Ohio State University
  • B.S. Arizona State University

Selected Publications

  • Book 
    Kathleen E. Powers (2022). Nationalisms in International Politics, Princeton University Press.


    Kathleen E. Powers and Brian C. Rathbun. 2023. "When the Rich get Richer: Class, Globalization and the Sociotropic Determinants of Populism," International Studies Quarterly, 60(4).

    Kathleen E. Powersand Dan Altman. 2023. "The Psychology of Coercion Failure: How Reactance Explains Resistance to Threats," American Journal of Political Science, 67(1), 221-238.

    Kathleen E. Powers, Joshua D. Kertzer, Deborah J. Brooks, and Stephen G. Brooks, Forthcoming. "What's Fair in International Politics? Equity, Equality, and Foreign Policy Attitudes," Journal of Conflict Resolution.

    Kathleen E. Powers, Jason Reifler, and Thomas J. Scotto, 2021. "Going Nativist: How Nativism and Economic Ideology Interact to Shape Beliefs about Global Trade," Foreign Policy Analysis, 17 (3).

    Brian C. Rathbun, Kathleen E. Powers, and Therese Anders, 2019. "Moral Hazard: German Public Opinion on the Greek Debt Crisis", Political Psychology, 40(3), 523-541.

    Joshua D. Kertzer, Kathleen E. Powers, Brian C. Rathbun, and Ravi Iyer. 2014. "Moral Support: How Moral Values Shape Foreign Policy Attitudes." The Journal of Politics, 7(3), 825-840.