Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs, Occidental College
Jane S. Jaquette is Professor of Politics Emerita (2005) at Occidental College. A specialist in international relations and Latin America, she did her undergraduate degree in Political Science at Swarthmore College (1964) and her Ph.D. at Cornell University (1971), where she wrote her dissertation on the politics of development in Peru. She began teaching at Occidental College in 1969 and, shifting her focus to women’s issues, edited a comparative anthology on women and politics (1974), while continuing to publish on contemporary Peru. From 1979 to 1981 she worked as a policy analyst in the Women in Development (WID) Office at the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
At Occidental, Jaquette was actively involved in college governance, serving several terms on the tenure and promotions and curriculum committees and as chair of the College’s Core program. She received the outstanding junior and senior faculty awards at Occidental, and was named the Bertha Harton Orr Professor in the Liberal Arts in 1992. As chair of the Diplomacy and World Affairs department from 1995 to 2003, she helped it expand from two to four full time faculty members and worked to involve students in departmental governance, encouraging the resuscitation of Perspectives, now a biannual journal of student essays on international issues. In 2005, Dr. Jaquette gave up full time teaching to devote more time to research and writing; she resumed teaching part time at Occidental in 2007
Dr. Jaquette has edited six books and published more than fifty articles on topics ranging from Peruvian politics in the 1960s and 70s and international feminism to political theory, with a special emphasis on women’s movements and democratization in Latin America. Her essays have appeared in World Politics, Foreign Policy, Signs, Journal of Democracy, International Feminist Journal of Politics and in many collections. Her edited and co-edited books include The Women’s Movement in Latin America: Feminism and the Transition to Democracy (1989); The Women’s Movement and Latin America: Participation and Democracy (1994); Women and Democracy: Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe (1998); and Women and Gender Equity in Development Theory and Practice (2006). Her manuscript, Defending Realism: Power and Citizenship in Machiavelli and Hobbes, is under review. She is currently editing a new book on contemporary feminist activism in Latin America, to be published by Duke University Press.
In addition to her governance responsibilities at Occidental, Jaquette served as president of the Association for Women in Development (AWID) in 1990-91, and as president of the 4,000-member Latin American Studies Association (LASA) from 1995 to 1997. She has been a visiting fellow at Nuffield College (Oxford), the Women and Public Policy Program at the John F. Kennedy School, Harvard, the Latin American Program at Stanford, and FLACSO (Chile), and is an Adjunct Professor (Research) at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. In 2005 she was recognized by the Status of Women Commission and the City Council of Los Angeles for her work on international women’s issues. She is a founding member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations as well as several other professional associations.