Professor Wood was our Academic Dean and Provost from 1980-1997. He was a member of the faculty at American University, and served as a cultural officer for the US Information Agency in Lebanon, Afghanistan and India. He was a trainer for US State Department's Foreign Service Institute and a consultant on South Asian affairs for General Dynamics, Dupont, General Electric and the US Department of Defense.
Dr. Wood has published in Comparative Education Review, Indian Journal of Political Science, Asian Survey, and Economic and Political Weekly. He is a regular contributor for The India Express, and was a reporter for The Santa Cruz Sentinel.
South Asia, Middle East, media and international communication, journalism, US Foreign Policy
PhD, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, Communications-Journalism, Stanford University, BA, Journalism, Louisiana State University
Courses offered in the past four years.
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IPOL 8553 - US Foreign Policy
The focus of this course is on American foreign policy since 1939 and in particular on the troubled effort of the United States to strike a proper balance between idealism and realism, isolationism and interventionism, in her international relations. Special attention will be given in this regard to the background, character and intellectual perspectives of the various American Presidents. The method used in the class will essentially be the "case study" approach, in which certain key episodes in contemporary American foreign policy will be subjected to close scrutiny and analysis. The class will be a combination of lectures and group discussions, with the emphasis being on the latter. In order to participate fully in these discussions, it is paramount that students keep up with the assigned reading.
Spring 2011 - MIIS
IPOL 8655 - Sem:Conflict&Cooperatn/S.Asia
This seminar includes a brief introduction to the political and economic structure of South Asia, before moving on to deal with issues of conflict and cooperation in the subcontinent. Special attention will be given to the realignment of national interests in the region in the wake of the Afghan and Iraq war, and as actors in the region respond to the challenges of insurgency and economic globalization. Much of the seminar will be devoted to conventional security issues, but broader issues of human security also will be addressed.
Fall 2009 - MIIS, Fall 2010 - MIIS, Spring 2011 - MIIS
IPOL 8690 - Sem:Charismatc Ldrshp 21stCent
This seminar investigates the psychological, historical, and cultural factors that have produced charismatic leaders and their devoted followers. The readings will present basic psychological theories that can be used to organize research on character and style of charismatic leaders and the resonance those leaders develop among their devoted followers. Those theorists include Freud, Weber, and Erikson. Classic biographies in the field will be used as models for the seminar paper that will be a case study on a particular leader and her political culture. Questions about the universal appeal and cultural limits of the leaders chosen will be central to seminar discussions.
Spring 2010 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS