Dr Catherine Hecht

Senior Research Fellow

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg
Germany

Phone: +49 (0)203 379-5246
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276
E-Mail: hecht@gcr21.uni-due.de

Fellowship

Dr Catherine Hecht joins the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Senior Research Fellow from October 2019 to September 2020. She conducts her research in the Research Unit 'Pathways and Mechanisms of Global Cooperation'.

 

Research Project at the Centre

Inclusive International Institutions and Global Cooperation: Evolving Pathways for Democratic and Sustainable Development

This project examines the evolution (and blockages) of pathways for global cooperation in the areas of democratic governance and sustainable development in large, heterogeneous international organizations (IOs), with an empirical focus on the United Nations (UN) system and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). One area of this research analyzes trends in social identifications and salient status dimensions in multilateral diplomacy. How and why do certain domestic-level characteristics of states (e.g. as states that fulfill basic needs and fight poverty, protect human rights, achieve economic growth, protect their environment, are governed democratically, or empower women) gain or lose salience in multilateral venues? Longitudinal research is needed on ways in which particular social categories are constructed and contested in IOs, as well as their effects in different venues. Another area of this research analyzes the content and patterns of contestation in the OSCE and UNGA. Scholarship can benefit from attention to symbols of informal social hierarchies as objects of contestation in IOs. Studying the discourse of the entire community of states also presents a different picture of trends in global cooperation than scholarship focusing on great and emerging powers. In general, the project aims to illustrate how social contextual factors internal to international organizations affect cooperation among states and other actors in the areas of democratic governance and sustainable development.

Research Interests

  • International organizations
  • Evolution and contestation of international norms and institutions
  • Democratic and sustainable development
  • Social identifications
  • Multilateral diplomacy
  • Inclusive global governance

Vita

10/2018 – 06/2019

Vienna School of International Studies / Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria

Research Associate

11/2012 – 09/2018

Lecturer

05/2017 – 08/2017

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Political Science

05/2015 – 04/2017

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

Postdoctoral Fellow

11/2012 – 09/2014

Vienna School of International Studies / Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria

Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science and International Relations

11/2012

Ph.D., Political Science, University of British Columbia

01 – 05/2004 and 02 – 08/2005

United Nations Development Programme, New York

Project Officer

10/2002

Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, New York

Master of International Affairs

Current Projects

  • When Democratic Governance Unites and Divides: Social Status and Contestation in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (under review)
  • Transforming Global Stratification?  Norms, Salience, and Social Development as an Evolving Status Dimension in the United Nations General Assembly (under review)
  • Trends in Contestation in the United Nations General Assembly: Implications for International Order(s)
  • Salient Status Dimensions in Multilateral Diplomacy: Dynamics in the United Nations General Assembly
  • Inclusiveness and Status in International Organizations
  • Inclusive Processes and Dialogue on Democratic Governance

Selected Publications

Hecht, Catherine (2016): The Shifting Salience of Democratic Governance: Evidence from the United Nations General Assembly General Debates. Review of International Studies. 42(5): 915-938.

Hecht, Catherine (2016): Success after Stalemate? Persistence, Reiteration, and Windows of Opportunity in Multilateral Negotiations. Journal of International Organizations Studies 7(2): 23-38.

Hecht, Catherine (2017): Advantages and Disadvantages of Inclusive Multilateral Venues: The Rise and Fall of the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on New or Restored Democracies. International Politics 54(6): 714-728. (Article was an invited contribution to a special issue on Foreign Policy Change and International Norms.)

Cameron, Maxwell A. and Catherine Hecht (2008): Canada’s Engagement with Democracies in the Americas. Canadian Foreign Policy 14(3): 11-28.

Seminars and Conferences

Invited Presentations:

•         “Salient Status Dimensions in Multilateral Diplomacy: Dynamics in the United Nations General Assembly,” at Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, January 22, 2019.

•         “The United Nations as an Arena of Contested Authority,” paper presented at workshop on Shifting Patterns of Global Authority: Driving Foreign Policy Change? Heidelberg Center for American Studies, University of Heidelberg, Germany, September 17, 2018.

•         “Social Identity Expressions and Group Fluidity: Dynamics and Consequences of Social Categorization in International Organizations,” paper presented at pre-ISA workshop on Institutionalized Inequalities: The Role of International Organizations in a Stratified Global Society, International Studies Association Annual Convention, Baltimore, Maryland, February 21, 2017.

•         “When Democratic Governance Unites and Divides: Conflicting Expressions of Justice in Multilateral Diplomacy,” paper presented at panel on Justice and Justice Conflicts in International Institutions, sponsored by the German Political Science Association, at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, Baltimore, Maryland, February 23, 2017.

•         “Evolution and Effects of Democratic Governance as a Basis of Intergroup Differentiation in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe,” paper presented at workshop on Inequalities and Global Institutional Order, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Germany, January 23, 2015.

 

Conference Presentations:

•         “Salient Status Dimensions in Multilateral Diplomacy: Dynamics in the United Nations General Assembly,” paper presented at European International Studies Association, Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Sofia, Bulgaria, September 12, 2019.

•         “Changing Patterns of Contestation in the United Nations General Assembly: Implications for International Order(s),” paper presented at International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada, March 27, 2019.  An earlier version was presented at European International Studies Association, Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Prague, Czech Republic, September 13, 2018. 

•         “Social Identity Expressions, Dynamics of Informal Social Hierarchies, and (de-)Legitimation in the UN General Assembly,” paper presented at European International Studies Association, Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Prague, Czech Republic, September 14, 2018.  An earlier version was presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, California, April 4, 2018.

•         “Dynamic Elements of a Common International Lifeworld and Salient Social Identities: Quantitative and Qualitative Discourse Analysis of the United Nations General Assembly General Debates” (with Mor Mitrani), paper presented at conference on Researching the United Nations and Other International Organizations: Rethinking Methods of Investigation, Geneva, Switzerland, June 19, 2018.

•         “Democratic Governance as a Basis of Social Status in International Organizations: Multilateral Diplomacy and the Ukraine Crisis,” paper presented at workshop on Institutionalized Inequalities – How International Organizations Shape Global Order, at 3rd European Workshops in International Studies, Tübingen, Germany, April 7, 2016.  An earlier version was presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, March 19, 2016.

•         “Success after Stalemate? Persistence, Reiteration and Windows of Opportunity in Multilateral Negotiations,” paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, March 19, 2016.