Shimer College

Robert O. Keohane

If alum, what year did you (would you have) graduate(d)?



Professor of Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

In Brief

I study world politics, in particular what facilitates and discourages international cooperation, with particular attention to the role of international institutions such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Why Shimer

Shimer taught me to think for myself, reflectively, after reading thoughtful works that have remained relevant over generations and centuries.

Why I Give

Because I want the Shimer emphasis on reading works of enduring value, and thinking about them critically, to endure; and because I want current students to have the opportunities that I had.

Why I Serve

Because Shimer needs engaged and thoughtful Board members who have some expertise in higher education.

Best Shimer Memory

Founding and editing the student newspaper, then called QUEST.

Shimer and My Career

Thinking independently, listening to others, discussing issues frankly, and writing analytically are all central to my career; I first learned how to do these things well at Shimer.