email: aisaacs@haverford.edu
phone: 610-896-1067
office: Hall 207

Biography

Anita Isaacs is the Benjamin R. Collins Professor of Social Sciences and a Professor of Political Science at Haverford College. She specializes in the study of democracy, democratization and transitional justice. Her regional focus is Latin America, where she has spent the past decade conducting research and writing about Guatemala.

Isaacs was born in Montreal, Canada. After graduating from McGill, she studied at Oxford University, obtaining an M. Phil in Latin American Studies (1982) and a D. Phil in Politics (1985). She served as a program officer at the Ford Foundation between 1985 and 1988, administering grants relating to Cuba and the Caribbean, as well as region-wide Latin American initiatives in the fields of international relations, democratic governance and higher education.

She joined Haverford College’s political science department in 1986 where she has taught courses in comparative and Latin American politics, US-Latin American relations, the politics of violence and peace-building and transitional justice. She is the recipient of the Christian and Mary F. Lindback Award for Outstanding Teaching and she has twice received the Haverford College Prize for Innovation in Teaching. She was also awarded the American Political Science Association’s Rowman and Littlefield Award for Innovative Teaching in Political Science. The Hewlett Foundation, the Twentieth Century Fund and the United States Institute of Peace have funded her teaching and research.

In addition to her current book in progress, provisionally entitled At War with the Past? The Politics of Transitional Justice in Postwar Guatemala, Isaacs has published the Politics of Military Rule and Transition in Ecuador (Pittsburgh, 1993) and articles, chapters and reviews on Guatemalan and Ecuadorian politics and US-Latin American relations. She has also served as consultant to the Ford Foundation, the Inter-American Dialogue, Freedom House and the Open Society Institute.