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Associate Professor, Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington

Mary Callahan is Associate Professor at the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies. Dr. Callahan's ongoing research interest include: political reform in post-junta, constitutional Myanmar; Rohingyas, Rakhines, “Taingyinthar," and historical analysis of the causes of “communal” violence in western Myanmar; and comparative analysis of civil-military relations in transitional politics in Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan and Myanmar. She is author of “Making Enemies: War-Making and State-Building in Burma,” an analysis of the origins of the unusually durable, isolationist and leftist military regime that has ruled Burma since 1962, was awarded the 2006 Henry J. Benda Prize for best first book on Southeast Asia, by the Association for Asian Studies.

At The Carter Center she delivered a briefing on the political context of the November 2010 elections in Burma. She also provided guidance and advice for delegations entering Burma for 2012 by-election. Dr. Callahan prepared a report for US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator and other staff, as the agency reconfigured its assistance to Myanmar, in light of political changes after 2010. She received her Ph.D. in Government at Cornell University, MSc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and B.A. from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Callahan also teaches, lectures widely, and serves as a consultant to the United Nations on political conditions in Burma. She previously taught at the Center for Civil-Military Relations, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, and at Cornell. She is fluent in Burmese.