Rebecca Steffenson, Ph.D.Associate Chair, Department of Social Sciences
Industry Associate Professor, Political Science
Office: Siegel Hall 116J
3301 S. Dearborn St.
- Regional economic competitiveness, university knowledge transfers and innovation policy, external commercial policy of the European Union, transatlantic market integration.
- Ph.D. University of Glasgow, International Relations; Comparative Public Policy (2001)
- M.A. University College Dublin, Comparative Politics (1998)
- B.A. DePaul University, Political Science (1997)
Research & Major Accomplishments
Steffenson has nearly a decade of experience teaching and supervising graduate and undergraduate students in the US and the United Kingdom. She has taught political science and policy courses at the University of Glasgow, Northern Illinois University, and DePaul University. Her research interests include the economic competitiveness of regional metropolitan areas, comparative public policy, and international trade and regulation. Most of her work focuses on EU-US market opening strategies, policy transfers across the Atlantic, and most recently, the role of university technology transfers and firm knowledge sourcing in the US and the UK. Steffenson is currently working to expand her comparative research to Asia and is planning a trip to the Hsinchu Research Park in Taiwan where she will explore what lessons Chicago can learn from the other Windy City.
Selected PublicationsSmall Firm-University Knowledge Networks: Evidence from the UK and the US, forthcoming
Transatlantic Institution: Can Partnership be Engineered? with J. Peterson (2009) The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, VOL 11, 25–45, Blackwell Publishing.
Universities, Knowledge Networks and Regional Policy (2008) with Robert Huggins and Andrew Johnston, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Vol. 1, No. 2, 321-340, Oxford University Press.
The EU’s International Relations with the US (2005) with M. Smith. In M. Smith and C. Hill (eds) The EU as an External Actor, Oxford University Press.
Managing EU-US relations: Actors, Institutions and the Transatlantic Policy Process (2005) Manchester University Press (UK)/ Macmillan (US).
Competing Trade and Regulatory Strategies for the Mutual Recognition of Conformity Assessment in the Transatlantic Marketplace (2005) In Michelle Egan (ed) Creating a Transatlantic Marketplace: Government Policies and Business Strategies, Manchester University Press (UK)/ Macmillan (US).
Managed Mutual Recognition of Goods and Services in the Transatlantic Marketplace (2005) co-authored with K. Nicolaidis, in The Future of Transatlantic Economic Relations, Continuity Amid Discord, European University Institute, San Domenico di Firenze, Italy.