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About Eric Chenoweth

Eric Chenoweth is the principal author for the Democracy Web project. Mr. Chenoweth is codirector and cofounder of the Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe (IDEE). Since 1989, IDEE has helped democrats in the region to overcome communism's harsh and oppressive legacy, and provided substantial financial and material assistance to opposition groups at the forefront of the 1989–91 democratic revolutions. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Chenoweth worked in the International Affairs Department of the American Federation for Teachers and the AFL-CIO, where he was responsible for the Teachers Under Dictatorship project and Education for Democracy/International, which developed materials on the principles of teaching democracy. Since 2005, Mr. Chenoweth has been a consultant for the Albert Shanker Institute, working on a variety of projects.

Mr. Chenoweth has written for a wide range of opinion pages and journals including American Educator and American Teacher. He is a 1985 graduate of Columbia College.

About James P. Young

James P. Young is the author of Democracy Web's introductory essay, "A Short Historical Sketch on the Idea of Freedom." Mr. Young is a native of Detroit and received his BA, MA, and PhD from the University of Michigan. He is a professor of political science emeritus at Binghamton University, where he taught courses on political theory and American politics. He was a visiting professor of American studies at Keele University (UK) and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan. His principal publications include Reconsidering American Liberalism: The Troubled Odyssey of the Liberal Idea (1996), Henry Adams: The Historian as Political Theorist (2001), and "American Political Thought from Jeffersonian Republicanism to Progressivism," in the Cambridge History Of Nineteenth-Century Political Thought (forthcoming).