Forrest D. Colburn is a professor in the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Lehman College and in the Ph.D./M.A. program in Political Science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). He has been at a professor at CUNY since 1997. In the spring of 2001, Professor Colburn served as a visiting professor at New York University (NYU); in the spring of 1999 he served as a visiting professor at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. Forrest Colburn taught at Princeton University in the Department of Politics from 1985-1993 and at the Woodrow Wilson School from 1995-1997. Professor Forrest Colburn has long been associated, too, with one of Latin America’s premier schools of business, INCAE, where he has intermittently taught and participated in research projects. Professor Forrest Colburn did his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he received a B.A. in economics in 1978. He studied government, agricultural development, and economics at Cornell University. He received from Cornell University an M.A. in government in 1980 and a Ph.D. in government in 1983. Professor Forrest Colburn’s first two books were studies of the Nicaragua Revolution. Post-Revolutionary Nicaragua: State, Class, and the Dilemmas of Agrarian Policy was published by the University of California Press in 1986. Managing the Commanding Heights: Nicaragua’s State Enterprises was published by the University of California Press in 1990. A collection of occasional articles on the Nicaraguan Revolution was published by the University of Texas Press in 1991 under the title My Car in Managua. The work is in its fourth paperback printing, and it has been translated and published in Managua, with a preface written by Sergio Ramírez. From the particulars of the Nicaraguan Revolution, Professor Colburn turned to a comparative study of revolution in poor countries. Through a Fulbright grant, he served as a visiting professor at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. He also visited Cuba and Vietnam. In 1994, Princeton University Press published his study, The Vogue of Revolution in Poor Countries. Work for INCAE, much of which involved travel throughout Latin America, underpins Professor Colburn’s most recent book, Latin America at the End of Politics, forthcoming from Princeton University Press. Professor Forrest Colburn is a frequent contributor to Dissent and to other magazines and journals.
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