Jon Western is Five College Professor of International Relations at Mount Holyoke College and the Five Colleges, Inc.. He is the author of Selling Intervention and War: The Presidency, the Media, and the American Public published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2005 and co-editor of Global Giant: Is China Changing the Rules of the Game published by Palgrave in 2009. He is near completion on a book manuscript that examines US efforts at state building in historical and comparative perspective.
Prior to joining the Mount Holyoke faculty, Professor Western served as a Peace Scholar-in-residence and the coordinator of the Dayton Upgrade Project at the United States Institute of Peace. He has taught at Columbia University and George Washington University and served as a Balkans analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S. Department of State. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, an M.P.P. from the University of Michigan, and B.A. from Macalester College.
Professor Western's articles have appeared in numerous publications including Foriegn Affairs, Security Studies, International Security, Harvard International Review, Perspectives on Politics, and Politicial Science Quarterly.
He is also a regular contributor to Duck of Minerva, a blog focusing on International Relations, and he writes a monthly column for Current Intelligence.