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
PhD, International Studies, MA Latin American Studies, School of International Service, American University, Washington D.C.; B.A. Art and Spanish, University of Tennessee.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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IPOL 8636 - SemMedia InIntl Public Affairs
This course raises three basic questions about the media: How should its messages be read and understood, or "de-coded?" What is its role, or impact, as a social institution? And how might we use it effectively to promote policy or program objectives? We will deal with the impact of contemporary global trends on the profession of journalism and on the media industry and the influence of media coverage on policy approaches to urgent problems. And we will examine media self-assessment - that is, media coverage of media coverage of some particularly shocking events or controversial issues. Students will engage in some role-playing and will prepare Op-ed and article-length (8-10 pages) pieces for newspapers or magazines.
Spring 2011 - MIIS
IPOL 8650 - Sem:HumanRgts ImpactAssessment
Students will have an opportunity in this course to delve deeply into a human rights issue of their choosing. Working with national, international, or local organizations, and employing a range of instruments and assessment tools, they will identify abuses or protections and their systemic roots; assess directions, degrees, and modes of change in manifestations of impacts; and fashion strategies for meeting policy or programmatic objectives. Impact assessment papers prepared for the course may draw upon internship experience or fieldwork already completed or may serve as preparation for IPSS or other professional field experience.
Spring 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS
IPOL 8688 - Sem:W.Hemi:Politics&PolMaking
This course will deal with the changing nature of issues, policy challenges, and alliances among Western Hemisphere states, including the United States and Canada, and between those states and the global community. Using teamwork and role-playing, students will consider the policy implications of such issues as national and indigenous resource rights versus multinational corporate claims; social activism, nationalism and secessionism; regional and cross-border environmental issues; anti-drug and anti-terrorist operations; economic integration, trade, aid, immigration, and human rights. Grades will be based on classroom participation and the preparation of policy-option briefs on three topics.
Spring 2012 - MIIS
IPSG 8522 - Rethinking Human Rights
his course approaches human rights issues from a multidisciplinary perspective and with a wide-angle lens that draws in all rights and all peoples. We view rights abuse as neither incomprehensible nor inevitable, but nevertheless pervasive in the twenty-first century. Nor is such abuse, with respect either to perpetrators or victims, confined to distant places and strange peoples. We will undertake here a fundamental re-examination of the basic terms and concepts, theories, controversies, and cleavages associated with human rights. We will also examine the effectiveness of our strategies, treaties, and institutions in assessing accountability, promoting reconciliation, and otherwise protecting the abused and endangered.
Spring 2013 - MIIS
IPSG 8530 - Cuba:ChngingCourse,ChngngTimes ▹
Spring 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS
IPSG 8627 - HIstory,Culture&SocietyIn Iran ▹
History, Culture and Society in Iran
For most of the last half century, Iran has been an enigma, even to otherwise well-traveled Westerners. Politicians and pundits, especially from the United States, have generally painted a grim and monocromatic image of a country actually endowed with a multi-millenial history and a rich tapistry of tradition and culture. An ancient civilization, Iran offers its visitors a sense of time travel – in both directions – from the grandeur of Isfahan and UNESCO – protected Persepolis to the modern conveniences and cutting-edge scientific advancements show-cased inTehran.
GSIPM is offering this 2 or 4- credit hour onsite course in Iran, taught by Professor Jan Black, for the first time in 2015. We will cover many topics, as they relate to the history and trajectory of Iran. In addition to sites of great beauty and historic significance, we will visit governmental, non-governmental, and public sector institutions dealing with international affairs, education, theology, environmental preservation, and commerce, as well as museums displaying splenderous artistic creations of the past and cravings for peace in the future.
Full participation in scheduled events will be expected. Students will be challenged to integrate and analyze what they observe about the country’s history and culture and the thicket of traditional and modern institutions and organizations of civil society. It is our hope and expectation that we will be able to revisit and examine the troubled years of US – Iranian relations from an Iranian perspective. Students will be encouraged then to envision diplomatic strategies conducive to sustainable peace and normal productive relations.
In addition to time spent onsite over spring break, there will be at least 7 or 8 pre- and post-travel meetings on campus, including a final presentation of findings for the campus and local communities. We hope also to bring in several speakers to share their research on and their observations of contemporary Iran. The course will be open in principle to all MIIS programs, as well as to students from Middlebury College. There are no prerequisites, but priority will be given to students from the DPP (IPS & MPA) program. Beyond that, priority will be based on the student’s prior education and experience and his or her intended topic or focus for the course.
Course “deliverables” will be due shortly after the presentations to take place toward the end of spring term. Deliverables may take any of several forms (to be discussed with the professor), but they must represent a serious undertaking with respect to research and analysis. It is presumed that students will pursue their particular interests, but each project should be underpinned by an understanding of the country’s modern history, particularly diplomatic history, and its social and cultural foundations.
Spring 2015 - MIIS
IPSG 8650 - SemHumnRgtsProtctn:StrtgPractc
In this seminar students will undertake investigations, in some cases under the auspices of local, national, or international organizations, on the impact, for good or ill, of particular policies or programs. The resulting evidence of human rights abuse, or of effective human rights protection, will be employed in efforts to prevent abuse, rather than simply to monitor or report it. Students will therefore engage also in strategic planning for campaigns to move the intervention of activists upstream in the project design or policy-making process. Where feasible, the strategies formulated in class will be put into action – through existing organizations, like Amnesty International (for AIUSA, I will be trying to design an alert action system for policy), or through student-launched campaigns or NGOs.
Spring 2014 - MIIS
IPSG 8672 / IPOL 8672 - Sem:Transitnal Injustice:Chile
Spring 2012 - MIIS, Spring 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS