Steve Hess, University of Bridgeport

Assistant Professor Bridgeport, Connecticut shess@bridgeport.edu Office: (203) 576-4209

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Since joining the University of Bridgeport's College of Public and International Affairs in 2012, Dr. Steve Hess has served as Assistant Professor of Political Science and East Asian Studies. He is a graduate of Miami University (Ph.D. in Political Science), the University of Louisville (M.A. in ...

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Bio/Research

Since joining the University of Bridgeport's College of Public and International Affairs in 2012, Dr. Steve Hess has served as Assistant Professor of Political Science and East Asian Studies. He is a graduate of Miami University (Ph.D. in Political Science), the University of Louisville (M.A. in Political Science), and Hanover College (B.A. International Studies) as well as a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, who served with his wife, Laura, as an English language instructor in Chongqing, China from 2006 to 2008.

Dr. Hess has an active research agenda that focuses on the study of protest movements and regime resilience in China and the East Asian region, as well as Chinese foreign policy in Africa. He has produced a number of publications, including a book, Authoritarian Landscapes: Popular Mobilization and the Institutional Sources of Resilience in Nondemocracies (Springer, 2013) and over a dozen research articles in academic journals such as International Political Science Review, Asian Survey, Government and Opposition, Central Asian Survey, Modern Asian Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, and Journal of Asian and African Studies. In 2013, a column by Dr. Hess, "Why Wasn’t There a Chinese Spring?" was published by The Diplomat magazine and listed among The Atlantic Wire's "Five Best Friday Columns".

Dr. Hess has also presented his research at over a dozen research conferences, including the annual meetings of the Midwestern Political Science Association, Northeast Political Science Association, New England Association for Asian Studies, and New York State Political Science Association. In May 2014, Dr. Hess presented his ongoing research on social unrest in China before the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a body that advises the United States Congress.


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