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Mlada Bukovansky

Professor of Government; Department Chair of Government

Mlada Bukovansky


10 Prospect St. #206


Mlada Bukovansky’s research focuses on the evolving norms and institutions of the international system. She has written on revolutions and changing conceptions of sovereignty, corruption and anti-corruption regimes, the World Trade Organization and agricultural trade, and U.S. responsibilities in a changing world order. Her current work focuses on international ethics and on the challenges to the liberal international order. She has a longstanding interest in the intersection between the study of history, especially the history of political thought, and that of international relations.

Selected Publications

Mlada Bukovansky, Edward Keene, Christian Reus-Smit, and Maja Spanu, eds., The Oxford Handbook of History and International Relations (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2023)

Colin Beck, Mlada Bukovansky, Erica Chenoweth, George Lawson, Sharon Erickson Nepstad, and Daniel P. Ritter, On Revolutions: Unruly Politics in the Contemporary World (Oxford University Press, 2022)

“The Responsibility to Accommodate: Ideas and Change,” in T.V. Paul, ed., Accommodating Rising Powers: Past, Present, and Future. Cambridge University Press, 2016.

“Corruption Rankings: Constructing and Contesting the Global Anti-Corruption Agenda,” in Alexander Cooley and Jack Snyder, eds., Ranking the World. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Mlada Bukovansky, Ian Clark, Robyn Eckersley, Richard Price, Christian Reus-Smit, and Nicholas Wheeler, Special Responsibilities: Global Problems and American Power. Cambridge University Press, 2012.

“Cynical Rascals or Conscientious Objectors? Interpreting Non-Compliance with International Norms,” in Oliver Kessler, Rod Hall, Cecilia Lynch, and Nicholas Onuf, eds., On Rules, Politics, and Knowledge. Plagrave, 2010.

“Institutional Hypocrisy and the Politics of Agricultural Trade,” in Rawi Abdelal, Mark Blyth, and Craig Parsons, eds., Constructing the International Economy. Cornell University Press, 2010.

“Liberal States, International Order, and Legitimacy: An Appeal for Persuasion over Prescription,” International Politics 44, 2-3 March/May 2007.

“The Hollowness of Anti-Corruption Discourse,” Review of International Political Economy 13, 2 (May 2006). 

Legitimacy and Power Politics: The American and French Revolutions in International Political Culture. Princeton University Press, 2002.

"The Altered State and the State of Nature: the French Revolution in International Politics," Review of International Studies 25, 2 (April 1999), pp. 197-216.

"American Identity and Neutral Rights, from Independence to the War of 1812," International Organization 51, 2 (Spring 1997), pp. 209-43.

Office Hours

Spring 2024
Tuesday 4–5 p.m.,
Wednesday 2–3 p.m.


Ph.D., M.A., Columbia University
B.A., Colorado College

Selected Works in Smith ScholarWorks