Mel Gurtov is professor emeritus of political science and international studies at Portland State University, Oregon, and is currently visiting professor at the University of Oregon, Eugene. He has been teaching international politics since 1986. He was a professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside, from 1971 to 1986, a professor at Waseda University in Tokyo, and a senior Fulbright Scholar at Hankuk Foreign Studies University in Seoul. He has lectured at universities and research institutes in South Korea, Japan, and China. In addition, from 1966 to 1971, Gurtov served on the research staff of the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, where he was a coauthor of the Pentagon Papers.
Gurtov is editor-in-chief of Asian Perspective, a quarterly journal published jointly by Kyungnam University’s Institute for Far Eastern Studies and Portland State University. He has published 20 books and numerous articles on East Asian affairs, U.S. foreign policy, and global politics, all from a human-security viewpoint. His most recent books are Superpower on Crusade: The Bush Doctrine in U.S. Foreign Policy and Global Politics in the Human Interest, 5th ed.
Gurtov was born in New York City in 1941. He earned his BA and MA in international affairs and certificate in East Asian studies at Columbia, and his PhD at UCLA. He also studied advanced Chinese language on Taiwan. Gurtov lives in Portland, Oregon, and has a farm in Deadwood, where he and his wife, Jodi, a horticulturalist, are planting an orchard. They have three daughters.