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About John A Gould

John A. Gould is 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 some French and 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. He 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 politics, but his work has included 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, Review of International Political Economy, Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Chance and Communist and Postcommunist Studies. 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."  

From 2012-15, Gould was an associate editor with the Journal of International Relations and Development, an internationally edited, peer-reviewed journal of international relations and international political economy. Gould is pleased to serve on the board of academic advisers at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council. He lives in Colorado with his wife and two sons.


Present Associate Professor of Political Science, Colorado College
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Postcommunist Political Economy (8)

Natural Resource Managment (4)

Slovak Politics (6)

Social Movements (3)

Post-conflict Reconstruction (2)