Chris Kendall

Chris KendallPhilip M. Phibbs Assistant Professor of International Relations
Politics and Government

BA, Miami University, 1994
JD, University of California, Berkeley, 2001
PhD, Princeton University, 2014

Chris Kendall is the Philip M. Phibbs Assistant Professor of International Relations. He earned his law degree from UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) and practiced law in New York before completing his PhD in politics at Princeton University. His teaching is informed by research interests at the intersection of international relations, comparative politics, and judicial processes. Professor Kendall is particularly interested in how developing states internalize norms governing interstate behavior while at the same time transforming those norms to suit local exigencies. His current research examines how judicial politics in developing states shape and constrain the enforcement of international human rights commitments at the local level.


I encourage current students to contact me using Google Chat for a faster response. I will respond to emails as well, but student chats get first priority during the semester.

Office hours for Spring 2020

Mondays and Wednesdays 2–3pm for drop-ins.
Join me for office hours at this Zoom meeting. This is open to all Puget Sound students, whether or not you are currently enrolled in a class with me.

Tuesdays and Fridays by appointment.
Send me a Google Chat to set up an appointment. If you prefer email, please send me an email with three potential meeting times.

Courses taught

PG 103 Introduction to International Relations (fall 2019 syllabus)
PG 200 Power and Political Inquiry (spring 2020 syllabus)
PG 330 Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation in Latin America (spring 2020 syllabus)
PG 332 International Organizations (next offered spring 2021)
PG 333 International Law in Political Context (fall 2019 syllabus)
PG 334 The Challenge of Global Justice
PG 339 The Politics of Empire (next offered spring 2021)
PG 384 Ethnic Politics (next offered fall 2020)
PG 430 Senior Capstone in International Relations