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Kristen Renwick Monroe is a scholar whose work has changed the field of political psychology, political economy, and normative political theory. Monroe’s award-winning work on altruism and moral choice deals with a central problem in politics and ethics: our treatment of others. Her work provides a valuable counter-point to rational choice theory, suggesting identity constrains choices by limiting the options we find available, not just ethically but cognitively. Monroe is the author of 18 single-authored books or edited volumes and over 100 articles or book chapters. Her awards include two Pulitzer nominations, a National Book Award nomination, several American Political Science Association Best Book awards and/or honorable mentions, two of the APSA's lifetime achievement awards (the 2010 Goodnow Award and APSA's 2010 Ithiel deSola Pool Award), two lifetime achievement awards from the International Society of Political Psychology, UCI's Distinguished Research Award, and the 2010 Paul Silverman Award for Outstanding Work in Ethics. She has served as the President of the International Society of Political Psychology and Vice-president of the American Political Science Association. Her most recently completed works include "Chloe and Nicole and the Elephant in the Parlor: Essays on Identity and Ethics", "Empowering Women" about gender equality in academia, "When Conscience Calls: Portraits of Moral Courage", and a book in progress on the decline of democracy in the USA and Germany during the Weimar period.

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