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Biographies - Amherst Today Fall 2010

Javier Corrales is professor of Political Science at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts.  He obtained his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. He is the author of Presidents Without Parties: the Politics of Economic Reform in Argentina and Venezuela in the 1990s (Penn State University Press 2002).  His research has been published in academic journals such as Comparative Politics, World Development, Political Science Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, World Policy Journal, Latin American Politics and Society, Journal of Democracy, Latin American Research Review, Studies in Comparative International Studies, Current History, and Foreign Policy.  He serves on the editorial board of Latin American Politics and Society and Americas Quarterly.    In 2009, he was a visiting scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard and a visiting fellow at the Center for Latin American Research at the University of Amsterdam.  He is currently working on a book manuscript on constitutional reforms in Latin America. In 2005, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Caracas, Venezuela.   In 2000, he became one of the youngest scholars ever to be selected as a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.  He has also been a consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations, the Center for Global Development, Freedom House, and the American Academy of Arts.

Lawrence Douglas is the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought. He holds degrees from Brown (A.B.), Columbia (M.A.), and Yale Law School (J.D.). He is the author of three books: The Memory of Judgment: Making Law and History in the Trials of the Holocaust (Yale University Press, 2001), a widely acclaimed study of war crimes trials; Sense and Nonsensibility (Simon and Schuster, 2004), a parodic look at contemporary culture co-authored with Amherst colleague Alexander George, and The Catastrophist (Harcourt, 2007), a novel; in addition, he has co-edited eight books on legal subject.  His writing has appeared in numerous journals and magazines including The Yale Law Journal, The Washington Post, The Times Literary Supplement, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review, among many other venues. He is currently at work on a book on the cultural afterlife of war crimes trials to be published by Princeton University Press.

Gordon Levin is the Dwight Morrow Professor of History at Amherst.  He received his Ph.D. in the history of American civilization from Harvard in 1967.  Since 1964 he has been teaching courses in American Studies, Diplomatic History, National Identity, and Israeli History at Amherst.  He is the author of Woodrow Wilson and World Politics (New York, Oxford University Press, 1968) and is currently at work on a study of the relationship between the United States and the Israeli settlement project since 1967.

Pavel Machala is professor of political science at Amherst College. He received a masters in international relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Ph.D. in political science from the Johns Hopkins University. His academic interests includes diplomatic history, American foreign policy, world politics, international relations and Marxist social theory. He is currently working on a three-volume project dealing with Karl Marx’s insight into nineteenth century international economic and diplomatic relations, an anthology of Marx’s writings on war and globalization and a selection of contemporary Marxist essays on the present character of world politics.

William (Bill) Taubman is the Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science at Amherst College.  He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1969.  Among his many publications, Taubman is the author of Khrushchev: The Man and His Era (New York: W.W. Norton, March 2003), which has been translated into Russian, Spanish, Latvian, Chinese, Polish, Czech, Lithuanian, Estonian, Swedish; Co-editor (with Sergei Khrushchev and Abbott Gleason), Nikita Khrushchev (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000); and editor and translator, Khrushchev on Khrushchev, by Sergei N. Khrushchev (Boston: Little, Brown, 1990).

Beth Yarbrough is the Willard Long Thorp Professor of Economics.  She came to Amherst from the University of Washington, where she received her Ph.D. in Economics in 1983.  She is the co-author of The World Economy: Trade and Finance (Thomson) and Cooperation and Governance in International Trade (Princeton University Press), as well as papers in many academic journals including International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, The European Journal of International Relations, The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, The Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, The Journal of Bioeconomics, and The Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization.  She has been a Pew Foundation Faculty Fellow in International Affairs at Harvard University, a Visiting Scholar in Economics at Berkeley, and a Visiting Scholar in Political Science at Stanford University.  After several terms on the Editorial Board of International Organization, she served as Associate Editor 2000–2005 and currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Editors of that journal.