Current Position: Ruth Lawson Professor of International Politics
Department of Politics
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, Massachusetts 0l075
(4l3) 538-2669; 538-2657
FAX: (413) 538-2512

Address: 6 Pheasant Lane
South Hadley, Massachusetts 0l075
(413) 536-8066

Birth: September 4, 1949 Stoneham, Massachusetts
Marital Status: Married, two children

Foreign Language: Spanish


Ph.D. (with Distinction) Political Science, M.I.T., 1976 Fields of Concentration: International Relations, Latin America, Concepts and Methods

Thesis Title: The Political Dynamics of International Resources Cartels: Case Studies of Oil and Copper

Centro Intercultural de Documentacion (CIDOC), Cuernavaca, Mexico, Summer, l973

M.I.A. (International Relations), Columbia University, School of International Affairs, l973

B.A. (with Distinction) in International Relations, Dartmouth College, l971


"Dependency Theory: An Introduction," in The Development Economics Reader, ed. Giorgio Secondi (London: Routledge, 2008), pp. 58-64

"A New Conflict," Harvard International Review, Vol. XXIX, no.2 (Summer 2007), pp. 4-5.

"Another Motive for Iraq War: Stabilizing Oil Market," Hartford Courant, 12 August 2003

"Globalizing Weakness: Is Global Poverty a Threat to the Interests of States?" Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Environmental Change and Security, 8 August 2003

"The 'Seed of Enlightenment' and Humanity's Future" in International Studies Review, Vol. 4, no. 1 (Spring 2002), p. 143-48.

"The Global Trading System and International Politics," in World Security: Challenges for a New Century, ed. Michael T. Klare and Yogesh Chandrani (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998), with Ana Cristina R. Santos, and Julie Ginocchio

"Development, Debt, and Global Poverty," in Peace and World Security Studies: A Curriculum Guide, edited by Michael Klare (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1994), pp. 280-303, with Ann E. Chenier.

"Global Debt and Third World Development," in World Security at Century's End, edited by Michael Klare and Daniel Thomas, (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994) with Melissa Rosser.

"Can practice make perfect? The limitations of deterrence strategy," Journal of Social Issues, Vol. 43, no. 4 (Winter 1987), pp. 115-119

"The End of a Strategic Era: A Proposal for Minimal Deterrence," World Policy Journal, Vol. l, No. 2 (Winter 1984) with Kathleen FitzGerald.

"The Resource Costs of Global Poverty: An Analytical Review of the Literature," International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 9, No. 5, (1982), with Elizabeth Doherty and Barbara Cassani.

Book Review, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Winter l981, pp. 571-573, of Stephen Krasner, Defending the National Interest (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1978).

"Problems and Prospects for International Commodity Management," in The Global Economic Challenge, Vol. l, The United Nations Association of the United State of America (New York: The UNA of the USA, 1978).

"The Structure of Global Interdependence for Alternative Sources of Energy," in Dennis Pirages, ed., The Sustainable Society (New York: Praeger, l976), Nazli Choucri with Vincent Ferraro.

The International Politics of Energy Interdependence: The Case of Petroleum (Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath, 1976), Nazli Choucri with Vincent Ferraro.

Energy Interdependence, Vol. 2 of Analyzing Global Interdependence by Hayward Alker, Jr., Lincoln P. Bloomfield, and Nazli Choucri (Cambridge, MA: M.I.T. Center for International Studies, 1975), Nazli Choucri with Vincent Ferraro.

"The International Implications of the Transfer of Marine Technology," (Cambridge, MA: M.I.T. Center for International Studies, 1974), Nazli Choucri with the collaboration of Vincent Ferraro.


Chair, Panel on Great Power War and Competition, International Studies Association and International Security Studies Joint Conference MA, 10 October 2015

Discussant, Panel on Domestic Sources of Strategic Positioning,, International Studies Association and International Security Studies Joint Conference MA, 10 October 2015

Chair, Panel on Confronting Ukraine, , Springfield, International Studies Association and International Security Studies Joint Conference MA, 9 October 2015

Lecture, “Does the World Need America?.” Sponsored by the Fulbright Commission, University of Leuven, Belgium, 2 October 2015

Discussant, Panel on American Foreign Policy, New England Political Science Association, Portsmouth, NH, 6 May, 2006

Chair, Panel on American Foreign Policy After 9/11, New England Political Science Association, Portsmouth, NH, 2-3 May 2003

"Ideals And International Relations," A Talk to the Antioch New England Graduate School, Keene, New Hampshire, 3 March 2003

"Saving the World," Convocation Address at the Pomfret Shool, Pomfret, CT, 14 September 2002

"The Myth of Engagement: America as an Isolationist World Power," A Talking Paper Prepared for the Five College International Relations Program, South Hadley, MA, April 2002

The Policy Implications of Global Economic Inequity, A Talk Delivered to the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies 1996 Summer Faculty Institute on World Security Affairs, Friday, 14 June 1996

"The Political Economy of the International Monetary Fund: The Politics of Adjustment," International Studies Association, March 1993, Acapulco, Mexico, Ann Chenier and Vincent Ferraro.

"Free Trade as Ideology: Mercantilism as a Way of Life," International Studies Association, March 1987, Washington, D.C.

"The End of Nuclear Containment: The Case Against a Warfighting Strategy," International Studies Association, April 1983, Mexico City, Vincent Ferraro and Kathleen FitzGerald.

"Global Poverty: Problems of Analysis and Definition," Conference on the Resource Costs of Global Poverty, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Club of Rome, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Italian Government, February 1982, Bellagio, Italy, Vincent Ferraro and Elizabeth Doherty.

"The Doctrine of Military Necessity and the Conduct of a Guerrilla War," International Studies Association, March 1980, Los Angeles, Vincent Ferraro and Elizabeth Doherty

Participant, National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute on War and Morality, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts. July 9-August 17, 1979.

Discussant, "Traditional and Contemporary Approaches to the Introductory Course in International Relations," International Studies Association, New England Section, Boston College, Newton, Massachusetts, April 8, 1978.

Copper and United States Commodity Policies," report prepared for the United Nations Association of the USA, February 1978, Vincent Ferraro and John Underwood, Federal Reserve Bank, Washington, D.C.

Chairman, "The Energy Crisis and the Nations of Latin America and Africa," Joint Meeting of the Latin American Studies Association and the African Studies Association, November 2-5, l977, Houston, Texas.

Discussant, "Transnational Corporations in Africa and Latin America," Joint Meeting of the L Latin American Studies Association and the African Studies Association, November 2-5, l977, Houston, Texas

"Resource Cartels and International Policies: Case Studies of Petroleum and Copper," International Studies Association, February 25-29, 1976, Toronto, Canada.

"Alternative Energies and Global Interdependence," American Political Science Association, September l974, Chicago, Illinois, Nazli Choucri and Vincent Ferraro.


Academic Consultant, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Member of the Panel of Experts, "Comprehensive Review of Governance and Oversight in the United Nations, Funds, Programmes and Specialised Agencies," Geneva, Switzerland, 2006

Editorial Board, New England Journal of Political Science, 2002-present

Academic Advisor, Public Broadcasting Service, "Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy," 2002

Consulting Board, Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs, 1989-1995.

Academic Consultant, United Nations Development Programme, January l981-February 1982.

Steering Committee, "The Resource Costs of Global Poverty: A Global Challenge," Conference under the auspices of the Club of Rome, Bellagio, Italy, February 1982.

Member, Board of Directors, World Affairs Council of the Connecticut Valley, Springfield, Massachusetts l978-1982; 1989-2000.

Academic Consultant, Economic Policy Committee, United Nations Association of the United States of America, 1976-1978.


Chair, International Relations Program

Chair, Five College International Relations Committee

Member, Advisory Committe on Appointments, Reappointments, and Promotion

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