John G. Corbett, B.A., Ph.D.
Office: URBN 670 G
Jack Corbett´s teaching centers on (A) public policy formation and implementation, and (B) field-based courses in Mexico and Canada . He holds a B.A. from Allegheny College and a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. Twice a Fulbright senior lecturer in Mexico, in 2005 Jack was Fulbright Distinguished Professor of North American Studies at the University of Alberta. He has been a visiting scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, and a Rotary International Professor in Mexico. Jack has long-term research interests in the fields of international migration and in community-based management of natural and cultural resources.
Jack has an extensive record of academic and professional service across the Western Hemisphere, having worked from the Yukon in Canada to Argentina and Chile in South America. He is executive director of the Instituto Welte de Estudios Oaxaqués, a social science research center in Oaxaca, Mexico. Jack has served as interpreter for academic, professional, and government delegations on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. In addition he has collaborated in the creation of working agreements between the United States and Mexico in the field of cultural resources protection and heritage management.
Several times yearly Jack coordinates intensive field courses on social and/or environmental policy in Canada and Mexico for Portland State students and community professionals, providing direct contact with actors and stakeholders in arenas as diverse as healthcare, human service delivery, migration, and administration of justice. Students participating in field courses engage practitioners and policy issues in ways they could not imagine on campus. To date more than seven hundred have had the opportunity for direct experience in international settings.