Peter Haas

Professor of Political Science

University of Massachussetts-Amherst, USA



PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1985

Full professor of political science at University of Massachusetts since 1998

His publications span international environmental cooperation, the role of expertise in world politics, international institutions, global governance, international institutions, and international relations theory

He has been a visiting professor at Yale University, Oxford University (UK), Brown University, Keio University (Japan) and the Wissenschaftczentrum Berlin (Germany).

Selected Publications




  • 2016 Peter M. Haas Epistemic Communities, Constructivism and International Environmental Politics Routledge.
  • 2013 Norichika Kanie, Steinar Andresen, and Peter M. Haas eds. Improving Global Environmental Governance Routledge/Earthscan.
  • 2012 Peter M. Haas and John Hird eds. Controversies in Globalization 2nd edition Washington DC: Sage.
  • 2008 Peter M. Haas ed. International Environmental Governance Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • 2006 James Gustave Speth and Peter M. Haas Global Environmental Governance Washington, DC: Island Press. (translated into Korean)
  • 2004 Norichika Kanie and Peter M. Haas and eds. Emerging Forces in Environmental Governance. Tokyo: UNU Press.
  • 2003 Peter M. Haas ed. The International Environment in the New Global Economy 2 volumes Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
  • 2001 Social Learning Group (William C. Clark, Josee Van Eijndhoven, Jill Jager eds. Learning to Manage Global Environmental Risks: A Comparative History of Social Responses to Climate Change, Ozone Depletion and Acid Rain 2 Volumes Cambridge, MIT Press. (These books present the findings of a multi-year collaborative research project. I am the principal author of one chapter and contributing author to 4 chapters).
  • 1997 Peter M. Haas (ed.) Knowledge, Power and International Policy Coordination Columbia, SC, University of South Carolina Press, 390 pp. Reprint of 1992 International Organization issue.
  • 1993 Peter M. Haas, Robert O. Keohane and Marc Levy (eds.), Institutions for the Earth: Sources of Effective International Environmental Protection, Cambridge: MIT Press, 448 pp.
  • 1990 Saving the Mediterranean: The Politics of International Environmental Coopera­tion New York: Columbia University Press. Paperback edition 1992, 303 pp.


Refereed Journal Articles


  • 2019 Kate O’Neill and Peter M. Haas “Being there: International negotiations as Study Sites in global Environmental Politics” Global Environmental Governance 19:2 (May) pp 4-13.
  • 2019 “IR Encounters Complexity” International Studies Review 21: 2 pp 5-7.
  • 2017 “The Epistemic Authority of Solution Oriented Global Environmental Assessments” Environmental Science and Policy Vol 77 November, pp 221-224.
  • 2017 “Parxit, the United States and the World” Chinese Journal of Population, Resources and Environment 15:3 pp 186-188.
  • 2017 co-author with 15 others “A Road Map for Global Environmental Assessments” Nature Climate Change 7:6 (May 31) pp 379-382.
  • 2016 “Post Paris Climate Change Governance” Chinese Journal of Urban and Environmental Studies 4: 1.
  • 2015 “Posthegemonic Global Governance” Japanese Journal of Political Science 16:3 pp 434-441.
  • 2012 co-author with 31 others “Navigating the Anthropocene: Improving Earth System Governance” Science 335: 6074 pp 1306-1307.
  • 2012 “The Political Economy of Ecology: Prospects for Transforming the World Economy at Rio Plus 20” Global Policy 3:1 pp 94-101.
  • 2012 co-author with 30 others “Transforming Governance and Institutions for Global Sustainability” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 4: 51-60.
  • 2008 “Climate Change Governance After Bali” Global Environmental Politics 8:3 pp 1-7.
  • 2004 “When Does Power Listen to Truth? A Constructivist Approach to the Policy Process” Journal of European Public Policy Vol 11 No 4 pp 569-592. Reprinted in Andreas Rechkemmer ed. 2005 UNEO – Towards an Interenational Environment Organization Baden-Baden: Nomos pp 287-323.
  • 2002 Peter M. Haas and Ernst B. Haas “Pragmatic Constructivism and the Study of International Institutions” Millennium Vol. 31 No.3, pp. 573-602 revised and reprinted and slightly revised in Harry Bauer and Elisabetta Brighi (2009) Pragmatism in International Relations Routledge pp 103-123.
  • 2002 “Constructing Environmental Security from Resource Scarcity” Global Environmental Politics Vol. 2 No 1, pp. 1-19.
  • 2002 “UN Conferences and Constructivist Governance of the Environment” Global Governance Vol. 8 No 1, pp. 73-91.
  • 2002 Prospects for Effective Marine Governance in the NW Pacific Region” Marine Policy, 24: 4, July, pp. 341-8; and “Letter to the Editor”, Marine Policy, 24: 6 December pp 499-500.
  • 1998 “Compliance with EU Directives: Insights from International Relations and Comparative Politics” Journal of European Public Policy, Volume 5, No. 1 (1998), pp. 38-65.
  • 1995 “Learning to Learn: Improving Global Governance” Global Governance Vol. 1 No. 3 with Ernst B. Haas, pp. 255-284.
  • 1992 “Introduction: Epistemic Communities and International Policy Coordination” Inter­national Organization Vol. 46 No. 1 Winter, pp. 1-37, reprinted in Kirton, John J. ed (2009) International Organization Aldershot: Ashgate.1992 “Banning Chlorofluorocarbons: Efforts to Protect Stratospheric Ozone” International Organization Vol. 46 No. 1 Winter, pp. 187-224. Reprinted in Mark W. Zacher (ed.) The Inter­national Political Economy of Natural Resources Vol. II London: Edward Elgar, 1993; in Oran R. Young (ed.) The International Political Economy and International Institutions Vol. I London: Edward Elgar, 1996, and in Oona A. Hathaway and Harold Hongju Koh 2005 (eds) Foundations of International Law and Politics New York: Foundation Press pp 243-250.
  • 1992 “Conclusion: Epistemic Communities, World Order, and the Creation of a Reflec­tive Research Program” with Emanuel Adler, International Organization Vol. 46 No. 1 Winter, pp. 367-390; reprinted as 6 Revista de Relaciones Internacionales (2009) October No 12.
  • 1989 “Do Regimes Matter? Epistemic Communities and Mediterranean Pollution Con­trol” International Organization, Summer, Vol. 43 No. 3, pp. 377-403. Reprinted in F. Kratochwil and E. Mansfield (eds.) International Organization: A Reader New York: Harper Collins, 1994; in Oran R. Young (ed.) The International Political Economy and International Institutions Vol. I London: Edward Elgar, 1996; in George T. Crane and Abla Amawi (eds.) The Theoretical Evolution of International Political Economy: A Reader 2nd edition New York: Oxford University Press, 1996, in Sheila Jasanoff (ed.) Comparative Science and Technology Policy London: Edward Elgar, 1997; and in David L. Feldman ed 2012. The Geopolitics of Natural Resources London: Edward Elgar.




  • 2019 “Reflections on Contested Knowledge and Those Who Study It” in MJ Peterson ed. Contesting Global Environmental Knowledge, Norms and Governance Palgrave pp 169-182.
  • 2019 “Reflexivity and Political Analysis” in J.P. Singh and Renee Marlin eds. Science, Technology, Art and International Relations: Routledge pp 165-173.
  • 2017 “Introduction: Global Governance Through Goal setting and the SDGs” with Steven Bernstein, Norichika Kanie and Frank Biermann in Norichika Kanie and Frank Biermann eds. Governing Through Goals MIT Press.
  • 2017 “Sustainable Development Through Issue Linkage” with Casey Stevens in Norichika Kanie and Frank Biermann eds. Governing Through Goals MIT Press
  • 2017 Peter M. Haas “Coupling Science to Governance: Straddling the Science-Policy Interface” in Anabelle Littoz-Monnet ed The Politics of Expertise in International Organizations London: Routledge.
  • 2016 Peter M. Haas “Regional Environmental Governance” in Tanja Boerzel and Thomas Risse eds. Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2014 Peter M. Haas “Ideas, Experts and Governance” in Monika Ambrus, Ellen Hey, and Helena Raulus eds. The Role of Experts in International Decision-Making Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2013 Peter M. Haas and Ron Mitchell “Advanced scholarship: interdisciplinary research at the science-policy interface” in Paul Harris ed. Handbook of Global Environmental Politics Routledge. Ch 6.
  • 2012 Peter M. Haas and Casey Stevens “Organized Science, Useable Knowledge and Multilateral Environmental Governance” in Rolf Lidskog and Goran Sundquist eds. Governing the Air: Science-Policy Interactions in International Air Policy Cambridge: MIT Press.
  • 2009 Peter M. Haas, John Gerard Ruggie, Philippe Schmitter and Antje Wiener “New Introduction” in Ernst B. Haas Beyond the Nation State European Consortium for Political Research pp 1-16.2008
  • 2007 “Epistemic Communities and International Environmental Law” in Daniel Bodansky, Jutta Brunnee and Ellen Hey eds. The Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Book Reviews


  • 2019 Review of Michael Zurn A Theory of Global Governance Governance 32:2 (April) pp 396-398.
  • 2017 Review of Jacob Sending The Politics of Expertise Perspectives on Politics 15: 1 pp 308-310.

Areas of Expertise

  • International relations theory
  • International environmental cooperation
  • Role of expertise in world politics
  • Global governance
  • International institutions


  • Editorial Board, Global Environmental Politics
  • Associate Faculty, Earth System Governance Project