Jon Western is Carol Hoffmann Collins ’63 Professor of International Studies and Five College Professor of International Relations. He is chair of the Mount Holyoke College International Relations Department and Chair of the Five College International Relations Program at Mount Holyoke College and the Five Colleges, Inc.. He is the author of Selling Intervention and War: The Presidency, the Media, and the American Public published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2005 and co-editor (with Eva Paus and Penelope Prime) of Global Giant: Is China Changing the Rules of the Game published by Palgrave in 2009 and co-editor (with Patrice C. McMahon) of The International Community and Statebuilding: Getting It’s Act Together? from Routledge Press Series on Intervention and Statebuilding in 2012.
Prior to joining the Mount Holyoke faculty, Professor Western served as a Peace Scholar-in-residence and the coordinator of the Dayton Upgrade Project at the United States Institute of Peace. He has taught at Columbia University and George Washington University and served as a Balkans analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S. Department of State. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, an M.P.P. from the University of Michigan, and B.A. from Macalester College.
Professor Western’s articles have appeared in numerous publications including Foriegn Affairs, Security Studies, International Security, Harvard International Review, Perspectives on Politics, and Politicial Science Quarterly.