Joseph Preston Baratta is professor emeritus at Worcester State University. He is a historian of the world federalist movement and of efforts to strengthen the United Nations. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam era. He was educated at St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD, and received his Ph.D. in history from Boston University in l982. His dissertation was on the origins of the world government movement, 1937-1947. He worked in the United Nations community in New York in 1985-88, directing the U.N. office of the World Federalists. His publications include: The Politics of World Federation: Vol. 1, United Nations, U.N. Reform, Atomic Control, and Vol. 2, From World Federalism to Global Governance (Praeger, 2004). Another book is The United Nations System: Meeting the World Constitutional Crisis (Oxford: ABC-Clio, 1995). He has written monographs funded by the U.S. Institute of Peace on international verification, peacekeeping, arbitration, and human rights; articles on the Baruch plan, Grenville Clark, the Kellogg-Briand pact, “Toward Global Governance” in Peace and Change (July 1999) and most recently, “What Can History Contribute to the World State Debate?” at wgresearch.org. Prof. Baratta taught international relations, globalization, the promise of the United Nations, world history, American and English history, and history of science and technology at Worcester State University.