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Richard Olson – International Relations Professor

Professor and Chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations, Richard Olson’s early work focused on economic sanctions and coercion, primarily in First World-Third World relations, and was published in World Politics and The Journal of Developing Areas. Starting in the 1980’s, and based on both research and field experiences, Professor Olson moved into the multidisciplinary field of disaster research, arguing for understanding and analyzing disasters and catastrophes as inherently and inescapably political, and often as crises. <read more>


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