Mel Gurtov is a professor of political science and international studies in the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. He is also editor-in-chief of Asian Perspective, an international quarterly. Gurtov previously served on the staff of the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California (1966 to 1971), where he was a co-author of the Pentagon Papers. He was a professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside, from 1971 to 1986.
Gurtov 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 US Foreign Policy (2006) and Global Politics in the Human Interest (5th ed., 2007). Gurtov is a frequent visitor to East Asia, where he has been a visiting professor and Senior Fulbright Scholar at Waseda University in Tokyo and Hankuk Foreign Studies University in Seoul. He has also lectured at universities and research institutes in South Korea, Japan, and China. He is fluent in Chinese.
Gurtov lives in Portland with his wife, Jodi, and their three daughters.