Timothy Kaufman-Osborn, Baker Ferguson Chair of Politics and Leadership, assumed the office of provost and dean of the faculty of Whitman College, effective July 1, 2009, taking on the responsibilities of chief academic officer of the College.
Professor Kaufman-Osborn has held several leadership positions at the College prior to being named Provost and Dean of the Faculty. He has served as Chair of the Department of Politics at Whitman; Chair of the Division of Social Sciences, 2004 - 2006; Interim Dean of the Faculty, 2006 - 2007; and was the elected Chair of the Faculty, 2008 - 2009.
Kaufman-Osborn's major scholarly interests are in the areas of political theory and, specifically, the politics of law. He is a former president of the Western Political Science Association as well as of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, and he recently completed a term on the executive council of the American Political Science Association. Recent publications include “We are all torturers now: Accountability after Abu Ghraib,” theory & event, 2008; “Gender Trouble at Abu Ghraib?” Politics & Gender, 2005; and “From Noose to Needle: Capital Punishment and the Late Liberal State” (Michigan University Press, 2002). Awards include the 2001 Whitman College Town-Gown Award; the Pi Sigma Alpha Award for the best paper delivered at the 1995 meeting of the Western Political Science Association; and the Robert Fluno Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Social Sciences (1991). He received his doctoral degree from Princeton University in 1982.