Kirsten N. Bookmiller

Kirsten N. Bookmiller, Ph.D.

Kirsten N. Bookmiller, Ph.D.

Professor of Government & Political Affairs, Contributing Faculty Member to the MS in Emergency Management Program, and Director of Global Partnerships Initiative, Center for Disaster Research and Education
Office: Fulton, Back Office
Phone: (717) 871-7502

Office Hours

T: 2:45 - 3:45 pm
W: 11:45 - 2:45 pm
R: 2:45 - 3:45 pm
Comments: Spring 2018 semester.

Additional Information

Spring 2018 Course Offerings:

  • GOVT 251.02  Introduction to Global Politics
  • GOVT 251.03  Introduction to Global Politics
  • GOVT 352.01  International Organizations
  • INTL 488.01   Senior Seminar


  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A., University of Virginia
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia

Additional Education:

  • Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Humanitarian Response Intensive Course, Harvard University, 2016.
  • Seminar for Advanced Studies in Public and Private International Law, "Responding to the Challenges of Natural and Industrial Catastrophes," The Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague, Netherlands, 2012.

Research and Teaching Interests:

  • International Disaster Relief Law and Policy
  • Disaster Law
  • Public International Law
  • Global Governance
  • Human Security, Transitional Justice, Human Rights

Research in Progress:

  • Book in progress, The Episodic Humanitarians: Spontaneous Volunteer and International Disaster Relief (forthcoming 2017).

Selected Publications:

  • “International Law and Disaster Relief,” (co-authored with Dug Cubie), in Rosemary Lyster and Rob Verchick (eds.), Climate Disaster Law:  Barriers and Opportunities, Edward Elgar, forthcoming Spring 2017.
  • “Spontaneous Unaffiliated Volunteers as International Disaster Relief Providers:  Does The Domestic Emergency Management Sector Have the Answers?” in Jane Kushma and Jane Slick (eds.), Disaster and Emergency Management: Case Studies in Adaptation and Innovation, Elsevier, forthcoming Spring 2017.
  • “International Disaster Response Law,” in Susan Breaux and Katja Samuel (eds.), Disasters and International Law, Edward Elgar, 2016.
  • “Donor Countries as Aid Recipients:  The United States and the Lessons of Hurricane Katrina,"  ” (co-authored with Robert J. Bookmiller), International Journal of Emergency Management, Vol. 12 (2016), pp. 263-283.
  • “Professional Standards and Legal Standard Setting:  INSARAG, FMTs and International Disaster Relief Volunteers,” Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, October 2015, pp. 957-984.
  • "The International Law of 96 Hours: Urban Search and Rescue Teams and the Current State of International Disaster Response Law," in David Caron, Michael Kelly and Anastasia Telesetsky (eds.), The International Law of Disaster Relief (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 111-135.
  • "Can International Law Save Us From Disasters? Urban Search and Rescue and Foreign Medical Teams Are Counting On It!" Proceedings of the 108th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, Vol. 108 (April 2014, pp. 173-176.
  • "Canada and the Human Security Network, 1998-2010 - RIP?" (co-authored with Robert Bookmiller), British Journal of Canadian Studies, October 2010: 23(2), pp. 247-271.
  • United Nations (New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 2008).
  • "Might and Right: The U.S. and Canada and Humanitarian Interventions" (co-authored with Robert J. Bookmiller) in Robert Timko (Ed.) Representations of Canada: Cross-Cultural Reflections on Canadian Society (Volgograd University Institute for North American Studies/PA Canadian Studies Consortium, 2002), pp 73-96.
  • "Pacifism, Compassion, Anabaptism: The Mennonite Central Committee in the NGO Community," Peace and Development [a publication of the International Peace Research Assoc.], January 1997, pp. 10-24.

Professional Memberships:

  • International Studies Association
  • American Society of International Law
  • Academic Council on the United Nations System
  • Association for Canadian Studies in the United States
  • Pennsylvania/Canadian Studies Consortium
  • Pennsylvania Council for International Education
  • National Association of Foreign Student Advisors
  • Mid-Atlantic and New England Council for Candadian Studies (Co-Vice President for Conference Planning 2002-2004; Vice President for Conference Programs 2004-2006).