Dennis Patterson, Ph.D.
Dennis Patterson is a Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1995, and his areas of specialization include politics in Japan and Asia, political institutions, security issues in East Asia, and statistical and formal methods. His work includes the book, The Japan that Never Was: Explaining the Rise and Decline of a Misunderstood Country (SUNY Press, 2004) as well as numerous book chapters and articles that have appeared in such Journals as the British Journal of Political Science, World Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Electoral Studies, Comparative Political Studies, Women and Politics, Asian Survey, Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, Journal of the Asia-Pacific Economy, and Pacific Focus. Among his current projects are 1) a comparative analysis of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) practices of Japan, the U.S., and Korea to determine which types of aid are more effective at promoting economic development and democratic political development, 2) a study of how electoral strategy under Japan’s SNTV electoral system led to the formation of its postwar party system, 3) an analysis of how South Korea used the tools of diplomacy and economic statecraft to achieve its current leadership position in the world, and 4) a study of the role that history has played in the evolution of East Asia’s security environment.
The last two projects are grant funded that total just under $2 Million.