Kathy Powers, professor in the Department of Political Science, and affiliated faculty with Africana Studies, was awarded the prestigious fellowship to study at the Woodrow Wilson Center over the summer. She also spent part of the summer teaching in Germany. 

An international relations scholar, Powers’ project at the Wilson Center was "Violence and Victim Redress - Understanding the Causes of Reparations: Bosnia and Herzegovina Transitional Justice Efforts in the Aftermath of Civil Conflict."

With an interest in the causes of institutional creation, change and effect, Powers specifically looks at  the legal causes of global reparations efforts following mass human rights violations, the independence of international organizations and how economic institutions that transform into military organizations impact war.

“I was delighted to hear that Dr. Powers was selected as a Woodrow Wilson Scholar,” said Anne Callaghan, UNM Diplomat in Residence. “The State Department has a longstanding relationship with the Woodrow Wilson Center, and I have no doubt that Dr. Powers’ research will contribute to future public policy discussion on conflict resolution.” 

Powers has published her research in journals such as Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, International Interactions, Foreign Policy Analysis, NAACP Special Edition and the Review of International Studies. The National Science Foundation has supported her research.

She is the 2013 recipient of the UNM OSET New Faculty University Teaching Award and the 2010 recipient of the Faculty of Color Teaching Award from The Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color (PNMGC). Powers also holds affiliated appointments in the UNM Program of Africana Studies and the School of Law.

Powers earned a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies with an emphasis in East Asia from Northwestern University; an M.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in American Politics and Political Economy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook; and a doctorate from Ohio State University. Much of her present research focuses on international organizations and international law with respect to human rights and restorative justice as well as trade and conflict.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars welcomes outstanding and award winning scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its non-partisan dialogue. Each year, the Center hosts around 160 scholars who conduct independent research on national and/or international issues addressing key public policy challenges.

Through its scholars, the Center enriches crucial policy debates and provides a platform for scholars in the tradition of President Wilson to bring the worlds of policy and ideas together. In addition to its flagship international Fellowship program, the Center also hosts scholars selected through its individual programs.