Rebecca Steffenson

  • Associate Chair, Department of Social Sciences
  • Industry Associate Professor of Political Science

Rebecca Steffenson is the Associate Chair of the Department of Social Sciences. She is also an Industry Associate Professor in Political Science. Steffenson has a Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow (Scotland), and an M.A. from University College Dublin (Ireland). She has held research fellowships at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) and the School of Governance at Queen’s University Belfast (United Kingdom). In 2005, after nearly a decade in Europe, she returned to her home state. She then spent several years conducting applied research projects for public service organizations throughout the Chicago metropolitan region in her capacity as a Senior Research Associate with Northern Illinois University’s Outreach Division.

Steffenson has more than 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 to travel in support of her research soon.


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 Interests

Regional economic competitiveness

University knowledge transfers and innovation policy

External commercial policy of the European Union

Transatlantic market integration


Small 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.

Lindsay Sheehan

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