Professor of Political Science
School of Natural and Social Sciences
Office: 1033 SS Building
Tel: (914) 251-6625
Fax: (914) 251-6603
Dr. Peter Schwab is a professor of political science in the School of Natural and Social Sciences and a member of the interdisciplinary global black studies faculty. His interests include human rights, especially from a non-Western perspective, the horn of Africa, Ethiopian politics and culture, and the relationship between Cuba and the United States. He is the recipient of grants and awards from the New School for Social Research, Fulbright-Hays, and the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. Professor Schwab is also the director of the Purchase College summer program in Burgos, Spain.
Areas of Expertise
Human rights; Ethiopian politics; politics and the horn of Africa; Cuba and the United States.
Honors and Awards
Edith Henry Johnson Memorial Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation, 1969, New School for Social Research; Fulbright-Hays Awards for travel to Africa, 1967; Award for primary reference work on human rights, 1986, U.N. Commission on Human Rights.
SUNY Chancellor’s Research Recognition Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, 2005
The Middle East; Human Rights; U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1945; Introduction to U.S. Politics; African Literature and Politics.
The effect of the embargo on life in Cuba; human rights from a non-Western perspective; Ethiopian politics and culture.
Schwab, P., 1972. Decision making in Ethiopia. C. Hurst, London.
Schwab, P., and A. Pollis. 1979, 1980. Human Rights; Cultural and Ideological Perspectives. Praeger, New York.
Schwab, P., and A. Pollis. 1982. Toward a Human Rights Framework. Praeger, New York.
Schwab, P., 1985. Ethiopia: Politics, Economics and Society. Frances Pinter, London (distributed by Cassell PLC, London)
Schwab, P., 1999. Cuba: Confronting the US Embargo. St. Martin's Press
Schwab, P., 2001. Africa: A Continent Self-Destructs. Palgrave/ St. Martin's Press
Schwab, P., 2004. Designing West Africa: Prelude to 21st Century Calamity. Palgrave/Macmillan
Reviews, Articles, Analyses
Schwab, P. 1978. Cold war on the horn of Africa. African Affairs, 77: 306.
Schwab, P. 1981. Socialist Ethiopia. In: B. Szajkowski (ed.). Marxist Governments, Vol. 2. Macmillan, London.
Schwab, P. 1997. Shabbat in Havana. Jewish Currents.
Cuban Health Care and the US Embargo,” Monthly Review (11/2997, v.49, #6