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Russell Crandallis an associate professor of international politics at Davidson College where he has taught since 2000. At Davidson, Crandall has held the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur professorship and has been awarded the college's two student-granted outstanding teaching awards. Crandall has also been a visiting fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Crandall received his BA in Government and Latin American Studies from Bowdoin College (1994, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude) and MA and PhD (highest honors) in international relations from Johns Hopkins, SAIS (1997, 2000).
From 2009-2011, Crandall served as Principal Director for the Western Hemisphere at the Department of Defense and Director for Andean Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC). In 2004-2005, as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, Crandall served as a national security aide at the NSC and a special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has also worked with Catholic Relief Services in Colombia and Ecuador and has been a consultant for the World Bank, Andean Development Bank, and United Nations. Crandall is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Crandall is a contributing editor and Latin America book reviewer at the London-based journal of international security, Survival: Global Politics & Strategy; he also occasionally publishes articles for the foreign policy and culture journal, The American Interest.
Crandall is the author of the 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 & Littlefield, 2006), and Driven by Drugs: U.S. Policy Toward Colombia (Lynne Rienner, 2nd edition, 2008). He is the co-editor of The Andes in Focus: Security, Democracy, and Economic Reform (Lynne Rienner, 2005) and Mexico's Democracy at Work: Political and Economic Dynamics (Lynne Rienner, 2004).
Crandall's upcoming books are: Dirty Wars: The 200-year American Experience in Irregular Warfare (Cambridge) and The Salvador Option: U.S. Counterinsurgency and Nation-building in El Salvador, 1977-1992.
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