Chair of Asian Studies and the Edward S. Greenbaum 1910 Professor of Political Science
M.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison, Political Science (1981)
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison, Political Science (1986)
Areas of Expertise
In recent years my writing and research have focused on ancient Chinese philosophy. I made a first foray into this field with, Aidan’s Way. I then published Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Dao: Ancient Chinese Thought in Modern American Life, which explores applications of Confucian and Daoist ideas to contemporary issues.
I blog on ancient Chinese thought at The Useless Tree. And I have made a book out of that blog, that has just been published (2019): Blogging China in the 21st Century: Philosophical, Historical, and Political Observations from The Useless Tree Blog.
PSCI 247Political Power in Contemporary China (not offered 2020/20)
PSCI 265The International Politics of East Asia (not offered 2020/20)
PSCI 345Cosmology and Rulership in Ancient Chinese Political Thought (not offered 2020/20)
PSCI 354 / ASST 245 / HIST 318Nationalism in East Asia (not offered 2020/20)
- Global Studies