Dennis Patterson is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Deparment of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1995. His areas of specialization include comparative politics, 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,Comparative Political Studies, Women and Politics, Asian Survey, Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, Journal of the Asia-Pacific Economy, and Pacific Focus. He is currently working on a project that involves a new method to evaluate party nomination decisions under SNTV electoral systems and another project that involves a study of the political attitudes and behavior of Muslim Americans with data taken from surveys of mosques in the United States.