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William A. Douglas

Professorial Lecturer, Liberal Studies Program Professor Douglas taught in the Liberal Studies Program annually from 1979 to 2009, receiving the LSP Excellence In Teaching Award in 2002.


He returns to the program now after two years of teaching in China at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. His courses there were International Ethics, Inter-Related Aspects of Development, International Politics, and American Foreign Policy. At the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) he has been a Professorial Lecturer since 1992. He received a SAIS Excellence In Teaching Award in 2005. He was the Interim Director of the SAIS International Development Program (IDEV) from 2001 to 2005, and subsequently was an IDEV Student Advisor. His areas of academic interest are international ethics, political development, and international labor affairs. (He worked for 34 years in the Inter-American trade-union movement). Prof. Douglas holds a B.A. from the University of Washington, an M.A. from SAIS of Johns Hopkins, and a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. He has taught on Fulbright grants at Sung Kyun Kwan and Yonsei universities in Korea, and has also taught at the University of South Carolina, in addition to SAIS and Georgetown. He is the author of Developing Democracy (1972). He has contributed chapters to six books, and has published a number of articles. He co-authored an article in the Human Rights Quarterly (May, 2004) on how governments’ trade policies can strengthen observance of ILO conventions on workers’ rights. His current research interest is in comparing the role of labor in the initial economic take-offs of South Korea and China.