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Professor Dennis Patterson

Asian Politics

Texas Tech University



Dennis Patterson is Professor of Political Science and former Chair of the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University, USA. He is currently Executive Director of Academic Programs for all of Texas Tech University's satellite campuses, a position in the Office of the Provost. He received his PhD 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, statistical and formal methods and public policy.

He is the author/editor of five books, including Diplomacy, Trade, and South Korea’s Rise to International Influence (Lexington Books, 2018) and The Japan that Never Was: Explaining the Rise and Decline of a Misunderstood Country (SUNY Press, 2004)

He has also authored numerous book chapters and articles that have appeared in such journals as the British Journal of Political ScienceWorld Politics, Comparative Political StudiesWomen and PoliticsAsian SurveyHarvard International Journal of Press/PoliticsJournal of the Asia-Pacific EconomyPacific Focus, International Studies Quarterly, Electoral Studies, and Legislative Studies Quarterly.

Dennis is currently working on a book on South Korea-Japan relations. He is also the president of the International University Network, a network of universities predominantly in the Caribbean and Central South America.