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Dr. James Masterson, Director of International Education/Assistant Professor of Government
Program/Dept: International & Interdisciplinary Studies
Degrees, Licensures and Certifications: : PhD: Political Science, University of Cincinnati-International Relations and Methodology; MA Political Science; University of Cincinnati, BA Political Science and Mathematics, University of Cincinnati; Nagoya University of Foreign Studies Certificate of Completion; Nagoya University Certificate of Completion
Research Interests:

“Analyzing China’s Economic Interdependence and Political Relations With its Neighbours,”China Information, March, 2012

“Increasing the University Knowledgebase through International Education,”Nagoya University Education Center for International Students News (June 2007) No. 22.

“The Exports of Hazardous Waste,” International Business Law in the 21st Century Discussion Paper No. 83 (Summer 2000), 46-59.

“Neorealism, Neoliberalism and China’s Rise: An Empirical Assessment of China’s Economic and Political Interstate Relations,” International Studies Association, San Diego, CA, April 2012.

“The Effectiveness of Inter-Institutional Collaboration: Designing and Conducting Effective Simulation of an ASEAN Plus Three Meeting,” 
with Ivan Ivanov, under review.

Invited Lectures:

"The Future of Sino-Japanese Relations:  Where it's been and where it's going."  Nagoya University Symposium on International Education, October 2011.

“Understanding the Growth Prison Population in the Commonwealth: A Multivariate,” with Paul D. Steele and Ashley Adkins, College of Business and Public Affairs Lectures Series, April 2011.

“Peace through Trade: Can the Dragon be Tamed?” College of Business and Public Affairs Lecture Series, February 2010.


Masterson, James, Morehead State University American Center at Guangxi University, US Department of State, $75, 284.  Status:  Funded.

Masterson, James, Ford Fellow, Overseas Young Chinese Forum, $2,500.  Status:  Completed.

 “Thirty Years of Growth in Kentucky’s Prison Population and Spending: A Multi-causal Analysis,” Contemporary Journal of Anthropology and Sociology, August 2013 with Paul D. Steele.

Contact Info:
150 University Blvd.
114A Combs Building and Brumagen House, MSU
Morehead, KY 40351
Phone: 606-783-2658 or 606-783-2096
Office Hours:

1:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m.- Monday

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. - Tuesday, Thursday

10:00 a.m.-11:20 a.m. - Wednesday


Professor Masterson is a scholar of international relations theory and research methodology with specialization in international political economy. His research interests include the international relations of East Asia in general and analyzing the nexus between Chinese foreign and economic relations with the world in particular. His recent publication in China Information examines the effects economic factors have on Chinese political relations with its neighbors from 1987-2001. Professor Masterson teaches courses on International Relations theory (GOVT 364), Current World Problems (GOVT 362), US Foreign Policy (GOVT 262), Asian Politics (GOVT 334), and Comparative Politics (GOVT 230). Professor Masterson has lived in China and Japan numerous times and has recently directed study abroad programs for MSU students studying in China and Vietnam for the last two summers. Lastly, Professor Masterson received an external grant from the Overseas Young Chinese Forum ($2,500) to give a series of lectures at Guangxi University on Globalization and China and has received an external grant from the Department of State ($75,000) to establish an American Center at Guangxi University.
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Timothy Williams
Wellington, KY

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