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John Gould

John Gould


John A. Gould is a Professor of Political Science at Colorado College. He is a graduate of Williams College with a major in Political Science and a minor in Studio Art. He did graduate work at the Fletcher School (Tufts University) and Columbia University, where he earned his Ph.D. in February, 2001. He speaks French and some Slovak.

Gould taught high school history at the Chapin School in New York from 1984 to 1986 and at the American School of Paris from 1989 to 1991. As a graduate student he taught politics at Palacky University (Czech Republic), Comenius University (Slovakia), Tufts University, and The Fletcher School. He has held a number of fellowships including a Robert Schuman Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Korbel School of International Studies, Denver University. John took a tenure track position at Colorado College in 2002 where he held a John D. and Catherine T. Mac Arthur Fellowship from 2003-5.

Colorado College students selected Gould as Lloyd E. Worner Professor of the Year in 2008. He also won the Ray O. Werner award for Exemplary Teaching in the Liberal Arts in 2009.

Gould maintains an active research program in the field of comparative and international political economy with a particular focus on the relationship of postcommunist economic policies with political institutions. He specializes in Slovak and Czech politics, but his recent work includes case studies from Kosovo, Serbia, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Chad. He has (co)published refereed journal articles in Comparative European Politics, Europe-Asia Studies, Business and Politics, Global Governance and Review of International Political Economy. His book, The Politics of Privatization: Wealth and Power in Postcommunist Europe was published by Lynne Rienner Publishers in April 2011.

In 2009, Gould and his co-authors won the Slovak Studies Association's Best Article Award for "Slovakia's Neoliberal Turn."

Gould is pleased to serve on the board of academic advisers at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council. He belongs to the American Association for Advancement of Slavic Studies, The Slovak Studies Association, the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association. He lives in Manitou Springs, CO with his wife and two sons.

Fields: International politics.

Regular Classes

PS101: What is Politics?
PS306: Democracy and Markets
PS312: Comparative Politics - The Balkans
PS310: Comparative Politics - Eastern Europe
PS308: Comparative Politics - Russia
PS325: Conduct of American Foreign Policy
PS330: History-Political Science Colloquium
PS333: Building The European Union
PS375: Intro to IPE
PS470: Tutorial in IPE
PS222: Waging Nonviolent Struggle