10188Walter 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, Junior League, and the Bangor Region Leadership Institute.