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Department of Politics and International Affairs
Wake Forest University
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In Memoriam – David Coates


We are saddened to announce that Dr. David Coates, Worrell Professor of Anglo-American Studies, died on August 7, in Asheville after an illness. We grieve David Coates’ passing and extend our condolences to his family, friends and all who came to know him.

Dr. Coates joined Wake Forest’s faculty in 1999 from the United Kingdom, where he was born, educated and previously held chairs at the universities of Leeds (in contemporary political economy) and Manchester (in labor studies). Dr. Coates was a leading scholar on UK labor politics, contemporary political economy and US public policy. In addition to his many books and articles, he often wrote online and was interviewed on a wide range of topics related to contemporary American and UK politics. He taught courses at Wake Forest University with titles such as the Rise and Fall of Empires; United Kingdom Politics in a Global Age; the Comparative Politics of Welfare States; State, Economy and International Competitiveness; The Origin and Character of Contemporary Labor Movements; and Debating Capitalism.

For more background on David Coates, watch the short video from the University’s Ethnic-American Studies Program’s “Where are you from” series at http://go.wfu.edu/vwd. To learn more about his prolific writings visit his website at www.davidcoates.net.

Our Department is creating a book of recollections and images of Dr. Coates.  We invite you to share your memories to help us create this book.

David Ajamy honored

David Ajamy, double major in Politics and International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies, has been named a 2018 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a non-profit organization which works to advance the public purpose of higher education.