Walter F. Hatch


Walter F. Hatch is associate professor of Government at Colby College.  He received his PhD (political economy) from the University of Washington.  Prior to becoming an academic, Walter was a journalist (briefly a stringer for CBS News; for a longer time, political reporter for The Seattle Times). He is the author of several publications, including two books: Asia’s Flying Geese: How Regionalization Shapes Japan (Cornell U Press, 2010); and  Asia in Japan’s Embrace: Building a Regional Production Alliance (C “(Cambridge U Press, 1996). He also has written numerous articles about Chinese civil society and interstate relations in Asia, and is completing a book project explaining why Germany has enjoyed more success than Japan in reconciling with neighbors brutalized in previous occupations and wars.


Amanda Cooley

Assistant Director

Amanda joined Colby in January 2013. She is primarily responsible for providing strategic direction and operational support for the Institute, including marketing the Oak Fellow program to an international audience, coordinating the application review process of Oak candidates, and serving as the primary contact and support person for the Oak Fellow before and while in residence at Colby. She liaises with the Oak Fellow and other Colby faculty to develop events related to the Fellow’s area of expertise and supports student programmatic initiatives focused on human rights issues.

Amanda graduated from Husson University with a bachelor of science in business with a concentration in marketing and a master of science in business summa cum laude in 2005. She also earned her master of science in human relations from Husson University in 2012. Most recently working for her alma mater, she held positions in fundraising, advancement communications, and university communications. She has also worked for the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, where she focused on event planning, program coordination, and communications. Amanda has volunteered for several community organizations including the Bangor Humane Society and Waterville Main Street.



Gail Carlson

Instructor, Oak Institute

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Gail Carlson oversees and serves as co-instructor of the Oak GS111 Human Rights in Global Perspective course. In collaboration with the Oak Fellow, Gail leads a seminar that focuses on the year’s theme and highlights the fellow’s personal on-the-ground experiences. In addition, she facilitates the design and implementation of civic engagement projects to further the work of the Oak Fellow and raise public awareness about the year’s human rights issue.

Gail has been teaching in the Environmental Studies Program at Colby for ten years. Gail’s background is in biochemistry, and her courses focus on environmental public health and activism. She regularly incorporates civic engagement projects into her courses that focus on environmental policy-making in the state of Maine. Serving as an assistant director of the Goldfarb Center for Public and Civic Engagement, she oversees several of the center’s major initiatives, including the grant program and Cotter Debate Series.
Laura Sloat 
Administrative Specialist, Oak Institute


Blair Dixon ’18
Student Research Assistant


Maeve Dolan ’17
Student Research Assistant