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Russell Crandall


Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University
M.A. Johns Hopkins University
B.A. Bowdoin College

I've been teaching at Davidson since 2000, and my focus is international politics.

Research Interests and Background

In the past, I've taken time off from the classroom to serve as principal director for the western hemisphere at the Department of Defense and director for Andean affairs at the National Security Council. I've also served as a national security aide at the National Security Council, special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a consultant for the World Bank, Andean Development bank, and the United Nations, where I'm a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. I've also worked with Catholic Relief Services in Colombia and Ecuador.

I'm a contributing editor at the London-based journal of international security, Survival: Global Politics and Strategy; and I'm the author of several books: The United States and Latin America after the Cold War (Cambridge, 2008); Gunboat Democracy: U.S. Interventions in the Dominican Republic, Grenada, and Panama (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006), and Driven by Drugs: U.S. Policy Toward Colombia (Lynne Rienner, 2nd edition, 2008).

My upcoming books are: America's Dirty Wars: Irregular Warfare from 1776 to the War on Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and The Salvador Option: U.S. Counterinsurgency and Nation-building in El Salvador, 1977-1992.

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and live in Davidson with my wife, Britta, and three children. Away from teaching, I enjoy yard work, yoga, opera, and fishing. I am a recovering long distance runner who recently fell off the wagon.