School of International Service
- James Mittelman is University Professor of International Affairs, and was the founding Chair of Comparative and Regional Studies at American University. He has also been named Honorary Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. Previously, he was Professor and Dean at Queens College of the City University of New York, Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of International Studies (today the Korbel School) at the University of Denver, Director of the Social Science Foundation, and the Pok Rafeah Chair at the National University of Malaysia. In addition, he has been on the faculty at Cornell University and Columbia University, and had a fellowship at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study. He has also held teaching and research appointments in Japan, Uganda, Mozambique, and South Africa, and lived in Tanzania. The recipient of the International Studies Association's 2010 Distinguished Senior Scholar award in International Political Economy, Mittelman is the author of several books on African politics, development, international organization, and globalization. As a practitioner, Mittelman has worked at the United Nations and with civil society organizations. He is now writing a book on knowledge governance.
Languages Spoken:Kiswahili (good working knowledge), French (reading proficiency)
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Professor Mittelman specializes in global political economy (with emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Asia), globalization, global governance, international relations theory, and development.
- Contesting Global Order: Development, Globalization, and Global Governance. London and New York: Routledge, 2011.
- Hyperconflict: Globalization and Insecurity, Stanford University Press, 2010 (winner of the 2010 Outstanding Academic Title Award, sponsored by Choice).
- Whither Globalization? The Vortex of Knowledge and Ideology, Routledge, 2004. Japanese translation.
- Capturing Globalization, coeditor, Routledge, 2001 (awarded the Gold Medal as the best book in the social sciences at the National University of Malaysia).
- The Globalization Syndrome: Transformation and Resistance, Princeton University Press, 2000. Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish translations.
- Innovation and Transformation in International Studies, coeditor, Cambridge University Press, 1997.
- Globalization: Critical Reflections, editor, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1996.
- Out from Underdevelopment: Prospects for the Third World, Macmillan and St. Martin's, 1988; 2nd edition, Out from Underdevelopment Revisited: Changing Global Structures and the Remaking of the Third World, coauthor, Macmillan and St. Martin’s, 1997.
- Underdevelopment and the Transition to Socialism: Mozambique and Tanzania, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich/Academic Press, 1981.
- Ideology and Politics in Uganda: From Obote to Amin, Cornell University Press, 1975.
- China Foreign Affairs University (Beijing)
- The Claremont Colleges Harvey Botwin Lecture in Political Economy
- Economic and Social Research Foundation Annual Globalization Lecture (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
- Fudan University (Shanghai)
- National University of Malaysia Pok Rafeah Chair Inaugural Lecture
- Nordic Africa Institute (Uppsala, Sweden)
- Pontifica Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
- Finnish Political Science Assocation, keynote address, annual convention
- University of the Witwatersrand Richard Feetham Memorial Lecture on Academic Freedom (Johannesburg, South Africa)
- Vice President, International Studies Association, 2006-2007
- Founding Chair of Comparative and Regional Studies, American University, 1992-1994
- Dean, Division of Social Sciences, Queens College of the City University of New York, 1987-1991
- Dean, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, 1983-1987
- Director, Social Science Foundation, University of Denver, 1983-1987
- Founding Director, International Studies Program, The City College of the City University of New York, 1981-1983
- Associate Director, Liberal Arts, Pre-Professional Programs and Public Policy (an interdisciplinary program in ethics and public policy), The City College of the City University of New York, 1980-81
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- Distinguished Senior Scholar, award in International Political Economy , International Studies Association, 2010
- Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 2009-2010 and 2004
- University Professor of International Affairs, American University, since 2007
- American University Faculty Award, Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Other Professional Contributions, 2005
- American University School of International Service Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Other Professional Contributions, 2004-2005, 1999-2000, and 1996-1997
- Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1998-1999
- Pok Rafeah Chair in International Studies and Distinguished Visiting Professor, National University of Malaysia, 1997-1998
Grants and Sponsored Research
- American Political Science Association, 2004
- United Nations University, 1996-1997, 1994, 1993, 1992
- International Studies Association, 1994, 1993
- World Policy Institute, 1982-1983 and 1981-1982
- Social Science Research Council, 1998
- Columbia University Center for Research in the Social Sciences, 1979
- John Parker Compton Foundation, 1977-1978
- Institute for the Study of World Politics, 1975-1976
- National Science Foundation, 1973
- American Council for Learned Societies, 1973
- New York Times
- Washington Post
- Helsingin Sanomat (Helsinki, Finland)
- Denver Post
- San Francisco Chronicle
- Detroit News
- The Nation
- National Public Radio
- Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
- United Nations Radio
Work In Progress
- "Third World," in Joel Krieger, ed., The Oxford Companion to Comparative Politics. New York Oxford University Press, 2012.
- “Emerging Powers and Global Governance: BRICS as Bricolage.”
- “Africa’s Slain Heroes.”
- A Restratification of Global Governance?
- Knowledge Governance: University Reform or Transformation?
Area of Expertise: Globalization, international development, international organization, African politics
Additional Information: James Mittelman is the author or editor of several volumes on African politics, development, and globalization, including The Globalization Syndrome: Transformation and Resistance (Princeton University Press, 2000). His newest book is Contesting Global Order: Development, Global Governance, and Globalization (Routledge, 2011). His writings are in nine languages. After studying in Uganda, he lived and worked in Tanzania, Mozambique, and South Africa. Later, Mittelman held the Pok Rafeah Chair at the National University of Malaysia, where he served as distinguished visiting professor, and taught in Japan. Mittelman has had resident fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, where he is now an honorary fellow. He has also worked for United Nations agencies and has been interviewed on many radio and TV programs, including CBS News, National Public Radio, BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and United Nations Radio. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, as well as in other newspapers and magazines.
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