Missouri State University
Department of Political Science
Faculty and Staff

Dennis Hickey
Distinguished Professor &
The James F. Morris Endowed Professor of Political Science



  • Ph.D. University of Texas (1988)

  • M.A. Texas State University (1978)

  • B.A. University of Texas (1975)

Mailing Address:

Department of Political Science
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897


Office Phone: (417) 836-5850
Fax: (417) 836-6655
E-mail: dennishickey@missouristate.edu
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Office Location:

Strong Hall 325

Research Interests:

Dr. Dennis Hickey is the James F. Morris Endowed Professor of Political Science and Distinguished Professor.  Professor Hickey's research and teaching interests include the International Relations of East Asia, National Security and American Foreign Policy.  He is the sole-author of four books, Foreign Policy Making in Taiwan:  From Principle to Pragmatism (Routledge Publishers, London, 2007),  The Armies of East Asia:  China, Taiwan, Japan and the Koreas (2001), Taiwan's Security in the Changing International System (1997) and U.S. - Taiwan Security Ties (1994) and the co-editor of three books, New Thinking About the Taiwan Issue:  Theoretical Insights into Its Origins, Dynamics and Prospects (Routledge Publishers, London, 2012),  Dancing with the Dragon: China's Emergence in the Developing World (Lexington Books, Lanham, Maryland, 2010) and Toward Better Governance in China:  An Unconventional Pathway of Political Reform ( Lexington Books,  Lanham, Maryland 2010). Professor Hickey has also published over 75 scholarly articles and book chapters.  In addition to these publications, he has contributed dozens of opinion pieces to newspapers (including The China Daily, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star and The China Post) and other outlets such as CSIS PacNet, The Diplomat, National Interest and China-US Focus .  He also has been interviewed by electronic media organizations including China Central Television (CCTV), Cable News Network (CNN) and The Voice of America (VOA), quoted by print media organizations including the Associated Press (AP), Agence France Presse (AFP), People's Daily, London Times, China Times, China News Service, China Review News Agency of Hong Kong, and the Singapore Straits Times  and received many external grants. In the area of service, Dr. Hickey has served as a consultant for  a variety of US governmental agencies, think-tanks and private firms and served as Director of the Graduate Program in International Affairs and Administration from 2000 to 2002 and from 2006 to 2008 and as Director of the Graduate Program in Global Studies from 2010 to 2018.  In 1999, Dr. Hickey was selected by MSU as a University Fellow in Research and he completed a second term as University Fellow in August 2005.  Dr. Hickey has also received awards for excellence in teaching (2001 and 2006), research (1997, 1999, 2005 and 2014), service (2000 and 2004) and the University Foundation Award for excellence in research (2002) and excellence in service (2011). In 2000, Dr. Hickey was elected to the post of Deputy Director of the American Political Science Association's Conference Group on Taiwan Studies and in 2002 he was elected to the post of Director (he completed his term in 2005). In 2008, Dr. Hickey was a Fulbright Exchange Scholar at the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, China, and that same year he was named the James F. Morris Endowed Professor of Political Science. He presently serves as a Research Associate at San Francisco State University's Center for US-China Policy Studies and on the editorial board of  The Journal of Chinese Political Science. From 2008 to 2010, Dr Hickey was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Chinese Political Studies and in the spring semester of 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor.  

Curriculum Vitae
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Spring 2020 Teaching Responsibilities: 

Political Science 545: Asian Politics
(Undergraduate Syllabus--Graduate Syllabus Forthcoming)

Political Science 713: Foreign Policy Decision-Making

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