A life-long educator, he is trained in the field of International Relations, and specializing in democracy in developing countries, international ethics, and international labor affairs.
He has lived and worked in Germany, Korea, Peru, and China, and has three decades of experience in developing labor education programs throughout Latin America. Professor Douglas holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, an M.A. from SAIS of Johns Hopkins, and a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. He is the author of Developing Democracy, co-editor of Promoting Democracy, and author of a number of book chapters, as well as many journal articles, most recently in Asian Perspective, Challenge, The Georgetown Strategic Studies Review, and the SAIS Review.
At the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), since 1992 he has taught courses on international ethics and on labor in developing countries. He also spent a total of seven years as the Interim Director of the SAIS International Development Program.
Professor Douglas has been a Fulbright Lecturer in Korea twice, in 1963 and 1980. In 2009-2011 he was the Fei Yi-ming Visiting Professor of Politics at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.