I am passionate about the representation of national interest expressed across cultures by media, formal representatives and by ordinary citizens.
What excites me about being a professor at MIIS: I enjoy the daily engagement with students, faculty and staff, as they prepare leaders who will deal with tomorrow's global problems.
Currently Emeritus Professor of International Policy and Development at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Prof. Wood was provost of the Institute from 1980 until 1997. Before coming to Monterey, Professor Wood was on the faculty of The American University in Washington DC for 10 years, and in 1998 he was a visiting professor at Colombo University in Sri Lanka.
Prof. Wood received a BA in journalism from Louisiana State University, an MA in Communications-Journalism from Stanford, and a PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Outside his academic career, Dr. Wood has been a newspaper reporter, a cultural officer with the US Information Agency in Lebanon, Afghanistan and India and was South Asia chairman for the U.S. State Department’s School for Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute.
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 Asian Affairs, American Foreign Policy, Global Media, Public Diplomacy, and Electoral Politics.
- Member of national selection committee for Boren Foundation Language Scholars.
- Frequent lecturer on India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
- Media source on Near East and South Asia.
- Curriculum consultant for schools and colleges.
Prof. Wood's international career began with an appointment to the U.S. Information Agency and five years abroad as a trainee and as a cultural officer for that agency. Those experiences gave him his first opportunity to observe how Americans (including himself) behave when working abroad. Those experiences led him to a doctoral program at MIT that focused on applied research in international affairs.
An academic appointment at AmericanUniversity in Washington, D.C., followed, which gave him the opportunity to work with national agencies and other international organizations as a consultant and trainer, including two years as the South Asia trainer for the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. And then it was on to Monterey in 1980, when he became the Institute’s academic dean.
PhD, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, Communications-Journalism, Stanford University, BA, Journalism, Louisiana State University
“Nehru: Authority, Intimacy and Vocation in the Life of a Revolutionary,” in V.T. Patil, Studies on Nehru, (New Delhi, Sterling Publishers Private, Ltd., 1987)
“A Tennis Lesson in Peshawar,” Foreign Service Journal, April 2001.
“Introduction to South Asia,” Political Handbook of South Asia, 2007.
“Great Expectations: Sixty Years of Indo-US Relations,” The Indian Express, August 14, 2007.
"The Mysore University, A Case Study in Decentralisation," in Jandhyala Tilak, ed., Higher Education in India, (New Dehli, Orient Blackswan, Private, Ltd., 2013).