Forest Colburn | INCAE


Professor Forrest D. Colburn received his doctorate in government from Cornell University. Currently, he is a professor at the City University of New York (CUNY) and a visiting professor at INCAE Business School. He was a member of the Princeton University faculty for eight years. He was visiting professor at Addis Ababa University (in Ethiopia), Universidad de Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile), New York University (NYU) and Princeton University. He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and was awarded a Fulbright award.

His publications include the books Latin America at the End of Politics and The Vogue of Revolution in Poor Countries, both published by Princeton University Press. His latest book is Colonialism, Independence, and the Construction of Nation-States (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021). He has published in many academic journals, including the Journal of Democracy.

Professor Colburn has worked with several of the private sector organizations in Latin America, among others COPAMEX (Mexico), ANDI (Colombia), FEDECAMARAS (Venezuela), the Chambers of Ecuador, CONFIEP (Peru), CEPB (Bolivia), CACIF ( Guatemala), COHEP (Honduras) and ANEP (El Salvador).


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Country of origin:
United States
Country of Residence:
United States


  • MA - Cornell University
  • Ph.D. -Cornell University

Teaching areas

  • Analysis of the Political Environment
  • Politics

Work experience

Professor Colburn has devoted himself to studying the interaction between politics and economics in developing countries. He is interested in private-public sector relations, especially in politically challenging environments. At INCAE, Professor Colburn has worked on multiple research projects that have resulted in teaching material, such as cases and technical notes, as well as academic publications. His teaching at INCAE focuses on politics, management of organizations such as unions and chambers, and public administration.