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Chancellor’s Professor of Political Science, University of California, Irvine

Dirk Ippen Fellow - Class of Spring 2018


Kristen Renwick Monroe is Chancellor’s Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, where she founded and directs the UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality. She has published extensively in the field of international politics and moral choice during wars and genocide. Her trilogy on altruism and moral choice during the Second World War, which draws on narrative interviews of ordinary people caught in war, addresses a central problem in normative political science and ethics: how people treat each other. Each book in the trilogy (all published by Princeton)—The Heart of Altruism (1996), The Hand of Compassion (2004), and Ethics in an Age of Terror and Genocide (2012)—has won an APSA best book award; two were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. Monroe’s most recent books are the prize-winning A Darkling Plain: Stories of Conflict and Humanity during War (Cambridge, 2014) and On Ethics and Economics: Conversations with Kenneth Arrow, with Kenneth Arrow and Nicholas Lampros (Routledge, 2016).