Watson Institute for International Studies
Jane Jaquette

Jane Jaquette

Jane Jaquette

Adjunct Professor of International Studies


Jane S. Jaquette is professor emeritus of politics at Occidental College (where she continues to teach), and an adjunct research professor at the Watson Institute. She has a BA in political science from Swarthmore College and a PhD from Cornell University. She began teaching at Occidental in 1969, and was named the Bertha Harton Orr Professor in the Liberal Arts in 1996. Her dissertation focused on the politics of development in Peru; she edited the first modern anthology on women and politics in 1974. From 1979 to 1981 she worked at USAID as a policy analyst in the Office of Women in Development. She writes on the comparative political participation of women, democratization, women and development, and on the political theory of Machiavelli and Hobbes. She served as president of the Association for Women in Development (AWID) and the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy.


I am currently drawing on earlier work on women and democratization, including several books on women and democracy in Latin America and comparative research on Central and Eastern Europe and East Asia, for an essay on women and democratization for the Handbook on Gender and International Relations edited by Jill Steans (Polity Press). I am also writing an overview chapter for a book edited by Veronica Montesinos on the political trajectories and impact of women presidents and prime ministers.

I'm working on  chapter comparing the diverging paths of the Andean countries today, from the radical populisms of Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia to the "conservative" market-oriented liberal democracies, Peru and Colombia, for a book on "US-Latin American Relations in an Age of Transformations" (Abraham Lowenthal).

I am also restructuring a manuscript in feminist theory on power and citizenship in Machiavelli and Hobbes, emphasizing their importance in the liberal as well as the realist tradition, and the importance of that tradition for feminists.


"Kenneth Waltz (1924-2013), teórico das Relacões Internacionais," Política Externa 22:1 (Jul-Ago-Set, 2013), 153-57.

Scholars, Practitioners and Policy-Makers: Women and Development," in Narrowing the Gap:Scholars, Policy-Makers and International Affairs, Abraham F. Lowenthal and Mariano Bertucci, co-editors (forthcoming, 2014).

"Defending Liberal Feminism: Insights from Hobbes," in Feminist Perspectives on Hobbes, Nancy J. Hirschmann and Joanne Wright, eds. (College Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2012).

"Los derechos de la mujer, los derechos indígenes y la cohesión social en América Latina," in Martín Hopenhayn y Ana Sojo (editores), Sentido de pertenencia en sociedades fragmentadas: América Latina en una perspectiva global. (Buenos Aires: Siglo XXI, 2011).

"Feminist Problems with International Norms: Mainstreaming in Global Governance" (an engagement with Jacqui True), in J. Ann Tickner and Laura Sjoberg, eds,, Feminism and International Relations: Conversations About the Past, Present and Future (London and New York: Routledge, 2011), 89-97.

Feminist Agendas and the Challenges of Democracy (editor and contributor) Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2009.