One Nation Under Contract

One Nation Under Contract

Allison Stanger

11.10.2009

Allison Stanger

Allison Stanger is the Russell Leng '60 Professor of International Politics and Economics and Director of the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs at Middlebury College. Her most recent book, "One Nation Under Contract: The Outsourcing of American Power and the Future of Foreign Policy," was published by Yale University Press in fall 2009. Stanger has published op-eds on this topic in the "Financial Times," the "International Herald Tribune," "The New York Times," and the "Washington Post." She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Academic Leadership Council of Business for Diplomatic Action. She was also a contributor to the Booz Allen Hamilton project on the World’s Most Enduring Institutions, the Woodrow Wilson School Task Force on the Changing Nature of Government Service, and the Princeton Project on National Security.

Stanger received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University. She also holds an A.M. in Regional Studies-Soviet Union (Harvard), a graduate diploma in Economics (London School of Economics), and a B.S. in Actuarial Science/Mathematics (Ball State University). She has studied foreign languages and literature at Charles University (Prague), the Sorbonne (Paris), and the Pushkin Institute (Moscow).

Professor Stanger is also the co-editor and co-translator (with Michael Kraus) of "Irreconcilable Differences? Explaining Czechoslovakia’s Dissolution" (foreword by Václav Havel) and the author of numerous articles and essays. Her research has been funded by the International Relations and Exchanges Board, the National Council for Soviet and East European Research, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Science Foundation, the Institute for the Study of World Politics, and the MacArthur Foundation. She has been a research fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (Harvard University), Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education (Prague), the Institute for the Study of the USA and Canada (Moscow), the Brookings Institution (Washington, D.C.), and the Center for Science and International Affairs (Harvard University). She served as visiting professor of Government at Harvard University in 2001-2002.

International relations scholar Allison Stanger discusses her book, "One Nation Under Contract," which details how private contractors became an integral part of American foreign policy, often in what she calls "scandalous" ways. A professor of international politics and economics at Middlebury College, Stanger argues that outsourcing itself is not the problem, rather the absence of good government is.