James H. Mittelman
James H. Mittelman, Distinguished Research Professor and University Professor Emeritus at American University, Washington, D.C.
James Howard Mittelman

(1944-11-29) November 29, 1944 (age 75)
TitleDistinguished Research Professor and University Professor Emeritus
Spouse(s)Linda J. Yarr
Academic background
Alma materCornell University
Michigan State University
Academic work
InstitutionsAmerican University
Main interestsGlobalization
Political Economy
Global Governance

James Howard Mittelman (born November 29, 1944) is an American scholar and author. Born in Marinette, Wisconsin, he spent much of his early life in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a political economist noted for his analyses of globalization and development.[1] Mittelman is a Distinguished Research Professor and University Professor Emeritus at American University's School of International Service in Washington, D.C.[2]


After studying at the University of East Africa in Kampala, Uganda, Mittelman obtained his doctorate from Cornell University in 1971. Subsequently, he was a professor at Columbia University; the University of Denver, where he served as dean of the Graduate School of International Studies (today the Korbel School) from 1983–1987; and the City University of New York, where he was dean of the Faculty of Social Science, Queens College from 1987–1991. Mittelman also has held teaching and research appointments in Japan, Mozambique, Singapore, South Africa, and Uganda. In addition, he held the Pok Rafeah Chair in International Studies[3] from 1997–1999 at the National University of Malaysia, was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study[4] from 1998–1999 in Princeton, New Jersey, and is currently an Honorary Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies[5] at the University of Helsinki.

Mittelman has also served as the founding Director of the International Studies Program from 1981–1983 at The City College of the City University of New York, founding Chair of the Department of Comparative and Regional Studies from 1992–1994 at American University, and Vice President of the International Studies Association (ISA) from 2006–2007. In 2010, Mittelman was named the recipient of the ISA's Distinguished Scholar Award in International Political Economy,[6] and in 2015 he was selected as an honoree of the ISA Global South Caucus.[7] His books and articles have been translated into several languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Research interests

Mittelman's primary research interests include:

Selected publications

Date Title Publisher Notes
2018 Implausible Dream: The World-Class University and Repurposing Higher Education Princeton University Press
2014 Social Theories of the Global SAGE Publishing co-edited with Paul James; Vol. 3 of Globalization and Politics
2011 Contesting Global Order: Development, Globalization, and Global Governance Routledge
2010 Hyperconflict: Globalization and Insecurity Stanford University Press Winner of Outstanding Academic Title Award in 2010[8][9]
2004 Whither Globalization? The Vortex of Knowledge and Ideology Routledge
2001 Capturing Globalization Routledge co-edited with Norani Othman; Winner of the 2003 Gold Medal in the Social Sciences conferred by the National University of Malaysia
2000 The Globalization Syndrome: Transformation and Resistance Princeton University Press [10]
1997 Out from Underdevelopment Revisited: Changing Global Structures and the Remaking of the Third World Macmillan & St. Martin's Press co-authored with Mustapha Kamal Pasha
1997 Innovation and Transformation in International Studies Cambridge University Press co-edited with Stephen Gill
1996 Globalization: Critical Reflections Lynne Rienner Publishers [11]
1988 Out from Underdevelopment: Prospects for the Third World Macmillan & St. Martin's Press [12][13]
1981 Underdevelopment and the Transition to Socialism: Mozambique and Tanzania Harcourt Brace Jovanovich [14][15]
1975 Ideology and Politics in Uganda: From Obote to Amin Cornell University Press [16][17][18][19]

Other professional activities

Mittelman has worked at the United Nations and with civil society organizations. His op-eds, letters to the editor, and articles have appeared in The New York Times,[20] The Washington Post,[21] Financial Times,[22] and elsewhere. He has made numerous appearances on radio and television.

Personal life

Mittelman is married to Linda J. Yarr, a research professor at George Washington University. They have three children.


  1. ^ Steger, Manfred; James, Paul, eds. (2015). Globalization: The Career of a Concept. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781315714219: Routledge. pp. 126–136. ISBN 9781315714219.CS1 maint: location (link)
  2. ^ "Faculty Profile: James Mittelman". School of International Service. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  3. ^ "Pok Rafeah Foundation". Institute of Malaysian and International Studies. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  4. ^ "James Mittelman". Institute for Advanced Study. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "Helsinki Collegium - Honorary Fellows". Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "IPE Distinguished Scholar - Past Recipients". International Studies Association. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  7. ^ "Summary of Jim Mittelman's remarks at 2015 Luncheon New Orleans; Comments by our Distinguished Scholar Honoree Bahgat Korany on Mearsheimer". ISA Global South Caucus. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  8. ^ "Hyperconflict: Globalization and Insecurity". Stanford University Press. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  9. ^ Chowdhury, Arjun (December 3, 2010). "Understanding How Globalization Fosters Insecurity". International Studies Review. 12 (4): 672–674. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2486.2010.00984.x.
  10. ^ Ikenberry, G. John (2009-01-28). "The Globalization Syndrome: Transformation and Resistance". Foreign Affairs (July/August 2000). ISSN 0015-7120. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  11. ^ McMichael, Phillip (1997). "REVIEW OF "GLOBALIZATION: CRITICAL REFLECTIONS" BY JAMES H. MITTELMAN, ED". Journal of World-Systems Research. 3: 225–228.
  12. ^ Herb, Thompson (January 1, 1990). "Prospects for the Third World (Book Review)". Journal of Contemporary Asia. 20 (3): 418–421. ProQuest 1292877601.
  13. ^ Bailey, Richard (January 1, 1988). "Out from underdevelopment: prospects for the Third World". International Affairs. 65 (1): 130–131. doi:10.2307/2621006. JSTOR 2621006.
  14. ^ Samoff, Joel (Summer 1983). "Reviewed Work: Underdevelopment and the Transition to Socialism: Mozambique and Tanzania". Science & Society. 47 (2): 231–234. JSTOR 40402485.
  15. ^ Seymour Whitaker, Jennifer (2009-01-28). "Underdevelopment and the Transition to Socialism: Mozambique and Tanzania". Foreign Affairs (Spring 1982). ISSN 0015-7120. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  16. ^ Ali, Mazuri (1977). "Ideology and Politics in Uganda: from Obote to Amin. James H. Mittelman. (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1975), 302 pp". ASA Review of Books. 3: 50–52. doi:10.2307/532562. JSTOR 532562.
  17. ^ Campbell, Horace (1976). "Reviewed Work: Ideology and Politics in Uganda - from Obote to Amin by James H. Mittleman". Canadian Journal of African Studies. 10 (3): 552–554. JSTOR 483822.
  18. ^ Casada, James (May 1, 1976). "JAMES H. MITTELMAN. Ideology and Politics in Uganda: From Obote to Amin. Pp. 302. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1975. $15.00". The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 425 (1): 166. doi:10.1177/000271627642500129.
  19. ^ Seymour Whitaker, Jennifer (2017-04-26). "Ideology and Politics in Uganda: From Obote to Amin". Foreign Affairs (April 1976). ISSN 0015-7120. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  20. ^ "The New York Times - Search". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  21. ^ "Search - The Washington Post". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  22. ^ Mittelman, James (December 5, 2011). "Military globalisation has non-American dimensions too". Financial Times. Retrieved May 15, 2019.