John Richardson's writing, teaching and consulting apply systems analysis principles to the nexus of conflict, terrorism and development. Paradise Poisoned culminates nearly twenty years of work in this arena. Dr. Richardson has been visiting and writing about Sri Lanka since 1987, using the island nation's turbulent political-economic history as a lens through which to view international development issues. Earlier, he was a major contributor to the nascent field of global modeling, focusing on population-resource-environment interrelationships.
Dr. Richardson is Professor of International Development in American University's School of International Service and Director of the University's Center for Teaching Excellence. Previously he held faculty appointments in political science and systems engineering at Case Western Reserve University and visiting appointments at the University of Colombo (Sri Lanka) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Among books that he has authored, co-authored, or co-edited by are:
- Partners in Development (1969)
- Groping in the Dark: The First Decade of Global Modeling (1982)
- Ending Hunger: An Idea Whose Time has Come (1985)
- Democratization in South Asia: The First Fifty Years (1998)