Area of Expertise: Sri Lanka, computer modeling of global resources and environmental problems, ethnic conflict, political conflict in the Third World, sustainable development, democratization
Additional Information: John Richardson writes, lectures, and consults in the fields of applied systems analysis, sustainable development, and Third World political conflict. He was an early contributor to the field of global modeling, under the auspices of the Club of Rome, and played a major role in the global modeling "clearinghouse" activities organized by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. His publications on global modeling are widely regarded. Richardson's most recent book is Paradise Poisoned: Learning about Conflict, Terrorism and Development from Sri Lanka's Civil Wars (International Centre for Ethnic Studies, 2005). Paradise Poisoned is being translated into the Sinhala and Tamil languages as a series of eight short books in each language. The second volume in the series was released in December 2010. An earlier coedited volume Democratization in South Asia: The First Fifty Years was published in 1998. In 2009–2010 he was visiting professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS), holding a joint appointment as visiting professor in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Global Asia Institute. He retains his relationship with NUS as a fellow in the institute. His current research uses system dynamics modeling to draw lessons from Singapore's development experience that may be relevant to other Asian cities. Richardson also has had another life as American University's first, and longest-serving, resident faculty member. From January 2002 through July 2011, he lived in Anderson Hall, AU's largest residence hall. His blog, dormgrandpop.blogspot.com, is intended for American University students but has a readership elsewhere in the United States and in a number of foreign countries. His work as a faculty resident at AU was the focal point of an Associated Press feature article that appeared in more than 200 newspapers. It has also been featured in news outlets in the Washington, D.C., area and in a makeover of a lounge where he serves dinner to students on the Style Channel program My Celebrity Home.