Alumni Corner: Accomplishments of James Petras

October 1st, 2008

Do you believe that a Classical alumna has served as as a major advisor in the governmental administration of two world leaders?  Well it is true.  James Petras ‘Class of 1954’ was an advisor to President Salvador Allende of Chile from 1971-73, and to Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou of Greece from 1982-1984.

Following his graduation from Classical, James earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1958 from Boston University, a Master’s Degree (1960) and a Doctor’s Degree (1967) in Political Science from the University of California at Berkley.

He has authored 66 books in 29 languages and has had 560 professional articles printed in leading academic journals. James is a widely recognized political and sociological expert on international affairs, His areas of expertise are: US. and Latin American affairs, Southern European countries – especially Spain and Greece, and the Middle East with an emphasis on U.S. and Israeli relations.

James’ academic teaching career has spanned 30 years at Binghamton University in the Sociology Department. Within that department , he is the Bartle Professor Emeritus. James is married to Dr. Robin Eastman Abaya. He has two children by a previous marriage and two grandchildren.

Do you believe it,- from the halls of LCHS to the halls of national capitals, to the halls of a distinguished University?  Not bad for a kid from West Lynn.

Trackback URI | Comments RSS

Leave a Reply