|Meet the Director|
Dr. Hans Stockton is the director of the Center for International Studies, associate professor and Cullen Trust for Higher Education/Fayez Sarofim Chair in International Studies at the University of St. Thomas. Stockton joined the UST faculty in 2002. Under his direction, the Study Abroad Program at UST has been frequently ranked in the top 20 programs in the United States.
Dr. Stockton received his doctorate in political science from Texas A&M University in 1998. His areas of specialization are democratization and security in the contemporary Asia Pacific region, with concentration on Korea, China and Taiwan. He has published in American, Taiwan and Korean journals that discuss political science, Asian studies and public administration. Stockton has also published several book chapters related to national security, defense and democratization in the region.
He has published two books with the Edwin Mellen Press dealing with political and economic development in South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. In addition, Stockton has been interviewed by and/or published editorials on matters related to U.S.-China-Taiwan relations and Chinese and Taiwan political affairs in the Washington Observer Weekly, Taipei Times, Taiwan Journal, Southern Daily News, World Journal and Houston Chronicle.
Stockton has served as a board member of the American Association of Chinese Studies (2009-present), North American Coordinator of the Conference Group on Taiwan Studies (2009-10), president of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies (2003 and 2005), vice president of the Houston-Taipei Society (2005-present), and as member of the boards of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Association and Japan America Society of Houston. In 2007 Stockton served on a committee formed by the Houston City Mayor’s Office to increase inward-bound tourism from China. His current research deals with electoral change, political parties and democratic consolidation in East Asia as well as ongoing examination of the security implications of development and identity in the region.