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Roger Durham

Roger Durham
219 Holmdene
(616) 632-2840
E-mail: durharog@aquinas.edu

>Download Dr. Durham's Vitae (pdf)

>AQ International Studies Program

Educational Background
Ph.D. International Relations
University of Oregon
M.A. Political Science
University of Oregon
B.S. Political Science and History
Southern Oregon State College

Roger Durham teaches the following courses at Aquinas College:
PS 150 The World in Crisis PS 331 European Politics
PS 332 Politics of Developing Countries PS 333 Latin American Politics
PS 334 Mid East Politics PS 335 African Politics
PS 387 International Relations PS 388 American Foreign Policy
PS 390 International Law PS 391 International Organizations
PS 392 Model United Nations  PS 393 Model Arab League
SY 370 Caribbean Service Learning EN 450 Methods in Teaching Social Studies
Recent Activity:
  • Participant, Houston World Affairs Council Visit to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, March 9-17, 2012.
  • Presentation, “Just War in the 20th and 21st Century,” Osher Life Long Learning Institute, Grand Rapids, Mich., April 18 and 25, 2012.
  • Presentation, “The Tensions of Saudi Arabia,” Aquinas College Public Lecture, Grand Rapids, Mich., April 24, 2012.
  • Presentation, “The Tensions of Saudi Arabia,” World Affairs Council of West Michigan, Grand Rapids, Mich., April 23, 2012.
  • Presentation, “Promoting Democracy: An Analysis of Late 20th and Early 21st Century US Foreign Policy Dynamics,” World Affairs Council of West Michigan, Holland, Mich., Wednesday, March 7, 2012
  • Presentation, “Civil War in Libya? An Application of Just War Theory,” International Law Review Symposium: Modern Global Revolution, Panel: State Involvement from Monitoring to Missiles, Michigan State University College of Law, February 17, 2012
Research Interests
Publication of “Expanding the Scope of Policy Leadership through Networks: Grand Rapids, Michigan,” chapter 9 in the text "The Facilitative Leader in City Hall: Reexamining the Scope and Contributions," James H. Svara, Editor, Arizona State University, CRC Press, 2009. Co-Authored with Eric S. Zeemering, Ph.D., San Francisco State University.
International Relations
Counter-Terror Politics in the broader context of American foreign policy;
Just War Theory, especially applied to U.S. Foreign Policy;
Post-Cold War relations between the North and South particularly how strong states intervene (and at what level) crisis situations in weak states;
Post Cold War Crisis Situations;
International political economy, international regimes, development and dependency: South (third world) political economy - particularly linking international regimes with dependency structures and measuring levels of dependent relationships, multilateralism and transnational activity;
International Human Rights and US Foreign Policy.
Comparative Politics
Haitian Political Economy and the overthrow of Aristide;
Caribbean development processes and why some "islands" have "done better" than others;
At the macro level is the issue of development and trying to measure it both quantitatively and qualitatively;
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In a comparative public policy sense I have been looking at nationalism as a primary force that motivates in this Post-Cold War era.
American Politics
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Domestic political economy and industrial policies;
Inequality and participation, power and democracy;
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Theories of the state;
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US Foreign Policy and the above.
Professional Association Positions
>>See Vitae (pdf)
Panel Chairs
>>See Vitae (pdf)
Dissertation Topic

"Post Cold War Relations Between the North and South: Studying the Effects of International Regimes on Less Developed Countries", G. Zaninovich (chair), P. Southwell, G. Fry and A. Hawkins.

Other Political Science Discipline Activity
  • See Vitae (pdf)
  • Reviewer for Prentice-Hall.
  • Reviewer for Westview Press.
  • Member: American Political Science Association; International Studies Association, World Affairs Council of West Michigan, United Nations Association, Michigan Conference of Political Scientists, Midwest Association of Political Scientists
  • Reviewer for Rourke Text
  • Reviewer for Pine Forge Press
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