John Tirman

John Tirman is the author of several books on global affairs, and more than one hundred articles in a wide range of periodicals. He is now Executive Director of MIT's Center for International Studies, where he is also Principal Research Scientist. Previously, he was Program Director at the Social Science Research Council (2000-2004), a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Cyprus (1999-2000), executive director of the Winston Foundation for World Peace (1986-1999), senior editor at the Union of Concerned Scientists (1982-86), and a researcher-reporter at Time magazine (1977-79). He was educated at Indiana University in political science, receiving his B.A. in 1972. His graduate work was at Boston University, where he earned a Ph.D. in political science, specializing in political theory, in 1981. There he studied with Howard Zinn, Murray Levin, Frances Fox Piven, and Alasdair MacIntyre. Tirman has served as a trustee of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting, International Alert, and the Foundation for National Progress, which publishes Mother Jones. His books include 100 Ways America is Screwing Up the World (2006), Spoils of War: The Human Cost of America's Arms Trade (1997), and Making the Money Sing: Private Wealth and Public Power in the Search for Peace (2000). He is editor or coeditor, and coauthor of several collected volumes, including The Maze of Fear: Security & Migration After 9/11 (2004); Terror, Insurgency, and the State (2007); and Multilateralism Under Challenge? Power, International Order, and Structural Change (2006). (See books) Forthcoming this spring is The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America's Wars, a major contribution to understanding conflict and America's involvement. It can be ordered from Oxford University Press. Periodicals where his articles have appeared include The Nation, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Boston Review, the New York Times, and AlterNet, among others. As a Fulbright Scholar, he created an educational Web site, the Cyprus Conflict, and taught at Intercollege in Nicosia. At MIT, he has led several research projects, mainly focusing on the Persian Gulf, international migration, and U.S. foreign policy. Additional interests include international education and public service. A native of Indiana who has lived in California, Washington, D.C., and New York as well, Tirman now resides with his wife, Nike Zachmanoglou, and their daughter, Coco, in Massachusetts.