JOAN EDELMAN SPERO (born October 2, 1944 in
Davenport, Iowa ) is a
Senior Research Scholar at
Columbia University ’s School of
International and Public Affairs, where she researches and writes
about international philanthropy and its role in the global system.
From 2009 to 2010, Ms. Spero was a Visiting Scholar at the Foundation
Center, where she conducted research on the role of American private
foundations in U.S. foreign policy and in the global system. Known as
an international political economist, her book The Politics of
International Economic Relations first published in 1977 is currently
in its 7th edition and has been translated into numerous languages.
She is also the author of The Failure of the Franklin National Bank
originally published in 1980 and reprinted in 1999, as well as New
World, New Deal: A Democratic Approach to Globalization (2000), The
Global Role of U.S. Foundations (2010) and Charity and Philanthropy in
Russia, China, India, and Brazil (2014).
From 1997 to 2008, Ms. Spero served as President of the Doris Duke
Charitable Foundation. From 1993 to 1997, Ms. Spero served in the U.S.
Department of State as Undersecretary for Economic, Business, and
Agricultural Affairs. From 1981 to 1993, she held several positions at
American Express Company, the last being Executive Vice President,
Corporate Affairs and Communications. She was Ambassador to the United
Nations for Economic and Social Affairs from 1980 to 1981 and an
Assistant Professor at
Columbia University from 1973 to 1979. Ms.
Spero graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin and
holds a master's degree in international affairs and a doctorate in
political science from Columbia University. She also studied at the
Institut d’Études Politiques in
Paris and is fluent in French.
Ms. Spero is a member of the Academy of Diplomacy, the American
Philosophical Society , and the Council of American Ambassadors. Spero
serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Genesis Prize
Foundation . She serves as a Trustee of the Wisconsin Alumni Research
Foundation and the International Center for Transitional Justice and
is a Trustee Emeritus of Columbia University, Amherst College, the
Council on Foreign Relations, and the Brookings Institution. Ms. Spero
is a Director of
International Paper and
Citigroup and has
previously served as a director of
Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines , and
* The Politics of International Economic Relations, 1st edition (New
York: St. Martin's Press, 1977)
* The Failure of the Franklin National Bank: Challenge to the
International Banking System (1980, Reprinted 1999)
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