History and Social Science Faculty
Patrick Kearney is a social science instructor at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studies International Relations and Political Methodology. He’s previously earned an M.A. in political science from Purdue University, studying International Relations and Comparative Politics, and a B.A. in History and Theatre from Hope College in Holland, Michigan.
His research focuses on the domestic politics of international enforcement. In particular, it explores the enforcement of human rights provisions attached to trade and development agreements. Employing statistical analysis and case studies of US and EU enforcement action over the past decade, the dissertation approaches the question of enforcement from a novel perspective and finds support for hypotheses regarding the importance of domestic politics.
At IMSA, Patrick teaches courses on Genocide, 20th Century History and American Studies. He has also taught courses at the University of Wisconsin on Game Theory, Data Analysis and Visualization, Research Design, Foreign Policy and International Relations and Institutions.