Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Jan Knippers Black


Professor Black’s international experience includes Senior Associate Membership at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University; Fulbright, Mellon and other grants and Fellowships in South America, the Caribbean, and India; on-site or short-term teaching and honorary faculty positions in several Latin American countries, and extensive overseas lecturing and research. She was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chile and a faculty member with the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester-at-Sea program.

Dr. Black was a research professor in the Division of Public Administration, University of New Mexico, and editor and research administrator in American University’s Foreign Area Studies Division. She has also served on some two dozen international editorial and non-governmental organization boards.

Her most recent books are The Politics of Human Rights Protection, Rowman and Littlefield, 2009, pbk 2010, and Latin America, Its Problems and Its Promise, 5th ed, rev, Westview/Perseus Books, 2010.  Her articles published or forthcoming in 2010 deal with rights of and challenges facing women and indigenous peoples.

Professor Black´s books also include United States Penetration of Brazil, Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1977, Portuguese edition published by Brazil's Editora Massangana, Fundacao Joaquim Nabuco, 2010; Sentinels of Empire: The United States and Latin American Militarism, Greenwood-Praeger Press, 1986; Development in Theory and Practice: Paradigms and Paradoxes, 2nd ed, rev, Westview Press, 1999; and Inequity in the Global Village: Recycled Rhetoric and Disposable People, Kumarian/Stylus Books, 1999.  She has edited and co-authored three books, co-authored 14 more, and published more than 200 chapters or articles in reference books, anthologies, journals, magazines and newspapers.

She is a member of the Advisory Boards of the International Political Science Association´s Committee on Civil-Military Affairs; the Global Studies Program of California State Univ., San Jose; the PhD Fellowship Program of the US Inter-American Foundation.

Professor Black was elected in 2011 to the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA.


Human rights, international and comparative politics of the Western Hemisphere, international and grassroots development, women´s rights and roles, globalization

Interview with GlobalNet21


PhD, International Studies, MA Latin American Studies, School of International Service, American University, Washington D.C.; B.A. Art and Spanish, University of Tennessee.

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DPPG 8517 - Cuba:ChngingCourse,ChngngTimes      

Spring 2017 - MIIS, Spring 2018 - MIIS

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MIIS 8500 - Middlebury Students at MIIS      

non-standard grade WTR

Winter 2014, Winter 2016

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