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Douglas Chalmers

Political Science
Columbia University

Executive Director
Society of Senior Scholars, Columbia University

Douglas Chalmers is Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Columbia University. He has taught at Columbia since 1966, including the Contemporary Civilization course in the Core Curriculum since 1984. He has taught at Swarthmore and Rutgers, as well as holding visiting professor appointments at several universities in Latin America and Europe. He has been Chair of the Department of Political Science, Acting Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs, and Director of the Institute for Latin American Studies before retiring in 2005. He is currently Executive Director of the Society of Senior Scholars. He has a B.A. from Bowdoin College and a Ph.D. from Yale University.

Professor Chalmers is author of The Social Democratic Party of Germany (1964), and co-editor of The Right and Democracy in Latin America (1992), and an author and coeditor of The New Politics of Inequality in Latin America (1997) and as well as articles, papers and presentations on political and civil society structures. He coedited Problems Confronting Contemporary Democracies, Essays in Honor of Alfred Stepan (2012) and is the author of Reforming Democracies: Six Facts About Politics That Demand a New Agenda (2013), based on his 2007 Schopf Lectures at Columbia.