Political Science


Ph.D., Political Science, University of Minnesota, 1976
M.A., Political Science, University of Minnesota, 1973
B.A., Tulane University, 1970

Regional and Thematic Interests

East Asia
Government/Political Systems


Steve Chan (University of Minnesota, 1976) is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Farrand Residence Academic Program at CU.  He is a recipient of a fellowship from the East Asian Institute (Seoul) in 2011, and has been a visiting faculty at the Hong Kong University and Tamkang University (Taipei) in spring and summer 2011.  His other awards in the past two years include the A&S College Scholar Award at the University of Colorado, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation Award sponsored by the East-West Center, and the Distinguished Scholar Award given by Foreign Policy Analysis Section of the International Studies Association. His research interests encompass theories of international relations (such as democratic peace, power transition) and political economy (such as developmental states, economic sanctions) with a focus on East Asia.

Professor Chan served as department chair during 2003-07, and as Treasurer for the International Studies Association for the 1999-2002 term. He was the recipient of the Karl W. Deutsch award in 1988, Boulder Faculty Assembly award for Excellence in Research in 1994, and CU Parents Association's Marinus Smith Award in 2004. His research interests cover international relations, political economy, foreign policy, decision-making, and East Asia. His work has appeared in journals such as the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, International Interactions, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Security Studies, and World Politics. His books include China, the U.S., and the Power-Transition Theory (2008); Coping with Globalization (2001); Economic Sanction As Statecraft (2000); Beyond the Developmental State (1998); Foreign Direct Investment in a Changing Global Political Economy (1995); Defense, Welfare and Growth (1992); The Evolving Pacific Basin in the Global Political Economy (1992); Flexibility, Foresight and Fortuna in Taiwan's Development (1992); East Asian Dynamism (1993, 1990); International Relations in Perspective (1984); Foreign Policy Decision Making (1984); and Understanding Foreign Policy Decisions (1979).

Selected Publications

2013 Enduring Rivalries in the Asia Pacific. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2012 Looking for Balance: China, the United States and Power Balancing in East Asia. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

2008 China, the U.S. and The Power-Transition Theory: A Critique. London: Routledge.