Jenny Kehl

Associate Professor
School of Freshwater Sciences


PhD, International Political Economy and Comparative Development, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2003
MA, Comparative Political Economy, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1999
BA, Political Science, Global Development, Macalaster College, 1995

Research Interests

  • International political economy and comparative development
  • Water scarcity
  • Transboundary water conflict and government negotiation
  • Resolution of water resource allocation issues in Africa and Asia
Recent and Selected Publications

Kehl, J. R. 2012. “Troubled Waters: The Effects of Scarcity on Interests, Identities, Conflict and Cooperation,” in Williams, M. (editor), The Multicultural Dilemma: Migration, Ethnic Politics, and State Intermediation. New York: Routledge Press.

Kehl, J. R. 2011. “Rethinking the Resource Curse: A Review Essay on the Politics of Oil Investments.” International Studies Review, 13, 3: 495-501.

Kehl, J.R. 2010. “Oil, Water, Blood and Diamonds: International Intervention in Resource Conflicts.” International Negotiation, 15, 3: 391-412.

Kehl, J.R. 2010. “Hydropolitical Complexes and Asymmetrical Power: Conflict, Cooperation, and Governance of International River Systems.” Journal of World-Systems Research: A Journal of Political Economy, 16, 2: 352-367.

Kehl, J. R. 2010. “An Introduction to Virtual Water and Implications for International Trade.” International Journal of Science in Society, November, 2: 145-161.

Kehl, J.R. 2009. Foreign Investment and Domestic Development: Multinationals and the State. Boulder and London: Lynne Rienner Academic Publishers.

Kehl, J.R. 2008. “Watershed Democracy: Hydropolitics and Federalist Experiments in Interstate Water Management.” The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 5,1: 243-257.


Water security, water policy, political economy, resolution of issues related to water extraction and resource allocation, and transboundary water governance.