University Professor of the Humanities, emeritus
University of Hartford


Areas of Expertise
Human Rights, International Non-Governmental Organizations, Millennium Development Goals, Peacebuilding, Post 2015 Development Agenda, United Nations, United Nations Reform

MA Cambridge, PhD Harvard.  English literature with a strong secondary interest in language policy, particularly language policy in international organizations (remarkable that the categories of expertise listed in this questionnaire do not include language or language policy, even though the latter is fundamental to the UN!).  Professor of English at U of Pennsylvania, and Vice-Provost and Director of International Programs, then president of SUNY Potsdam, then president of the U of Hartford.  Former chair of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, the Canadian Fulbright Commission, the Center for Applied Linguistics.  Currently the convener of the Study Group on Language and the United Nations, which recently organized a symposium on language and the SDGs.  Former editor-in-chief of the journal Language Problems and Language Planning.  Currently editor of the book series Studies in World Language Problems (Benjamins, Amsterdam)

Recent Publications

  • 2016 (forthcoming) trans. Dangerous Language: Esperanto Under Hitler and Stalin, by Ulrich Lins (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • 2016. “Invented Cities, Invented Languages: Esperanto & Urban Textuality 1887-1914” Language Problems and Language Planning 40:1, 85-99
  • 2015.  ed. Linguistic Equality, special issue of Language Problems and Language Planning, 39:3
  • 2014. “Planning the Past in Language Planning”  A’dam Multiling 1:1, 6-15
  • 2012. “Language Rights and Linguistic Justice”  Jezyk Komunikacja Informacja 7, 9-22
  • 2010. ed. The Translator as Mediator of Cultures. Amsterdam: Benjamins