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ComptonDr. Robert Compton (Ph.D., SUNY Binghamton), works on issues of political development and political economy focusing on Southern Africa and East Asia.  He participated in the Ghana program, developed a South Africa short-term study program and provided consultancy for democracy and institution building in Zimbabwe and Uganda working with civil society, students, and parliamentary staff.  He has taught at the University of Zimbabwe (2008) as a Fulbright Scholar and made invited presentations on academic unionism at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) throughout Southern Africa.  Born in Japan, he speaks Japanese fluently and has a bi-cultural/bi-racial background.  Professor Compton is one of the ‘go to’ resources regarding career planning in the department.  He is the chair of the Department of Africana and Latino Studies.

Dr. Compton teaches African Politics; Politics of Developing Nations; China, Japan, and Korean Politics; Race, Gender, Class and Culture; and International Political Economy regularly.  Compton created the Social Justice minor, the first of its kind, in the SUNY system as part of the ALS offerings.  He is currently the Vice President for Academics, United University Professions, Oneonta Chapter, a union for faculty and professionals.

Recent publications
Comparative Regional Integration in SADC and ASEAN: Democracy and Governance Issues in Historical and Socio-Economic Context, in Regions and Cohesion, vol. 3, #1, Spring, 2013:  5-31.

“Gendering the Impact of Zimbabwe’s 2008 Economic Collapse: Tales of Reality on the Ground,” forthcoming in Praxis: Journal of Gender and Cultural Critique

“Globalization and Changing State Legitimacy in South Africa and Japan,” in Imagining Globalization, eds. Leung, Ho Hon, Mathew Hendley, Robert Compton, and Brian Haley, (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009).

Imagining Globalization, eds. Leung, Ho Hon, Matthew Hendley, Robert Compton, and Brian Haley, (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009).

“Dynamics of HIV/AIDS in China and India:  Assessing Governmental Response,” in HIV/AIDS and the Threat to National and International Security, ed. Robert Ostergard, (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2007), pp. 223-40.

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