Professor Forrest D. Colburn is a scholar focusing on governance and economic development in the poorer countries of the world. In addition to his appointment at the City University of New York (CUNY), Professor Colburn has a long-standing and continuing association with the Latin American management school, the INCAE Business School. Professor Colburn taught for a decade at Princeton University, and has been a visiting professor at New York University (NYU), Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), and the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile). Professor Colburn has worked, too, with the International Labor Organization (ILO), mostly in Latin America, and with business organizations (cámaras) throughout the region. Professor Colburn has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study (in Princeton), and has been a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship.
Professor Colburn is the author of The Vogue of Revolution in Poor Countries and Latin America at the End of Politics, both published by the Princeton University Press. Earlier books were studies of the Nicaraguan Revolution. Professor Colburn’s most recent book is Colonialism, Independence, and the Construction of Nation-States (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021). Professor Colburn is the editor of Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance, a project undertaken with James C. Scott. Professor Colburn’s articles have appeared in many academic journals, most prominently in the Journal of Democracy.
Forrest Colburn Colonialism, Independence, and the Construction of Nation-States (Palgrave Macmillan 2021)
Colonialism, Independence, and the Construction of Nation-States is in part, and most significantly, a welcome attempt to revisit the history of basic ideas from the past, that should not have been shelved. Development, Third World, colonialism, North-South, are notions that surfaced in the sixties and seventies, and faded under the influence of excessive enthusiasm for “emerging markets” in the new century. Colburn explains splendidly why the history of these notions, and their content, is more relevant than ever.