Political Science Faculty and Staff

James Sperling

James Sperling

Title: Professor
Department: Political Science
Office: 212 Olin Hall
Phone: 330-972-8261
Email: jcs4@uakron.edu
Curriculum Vitae: Download in PDF format


Jim Sperling is professor of political science at the University of Akron. He has taught at Akron since 1988. Prior to that time he held appointments at Davidson College and the James Madison College, Michigan State University. He teaches World Politics and Government (the introductory course to comparative politics and international relations), International Politics and Institutions, and Comparative Security Policy. His publications have explored various facets of German foreign economic and security policy over the course of the postwar period as well as the problem of the new security agenda, global security multilateralism, and regional security governance in the contemporary international system. His most recent publications include the coauthored EU Security Governance (Manchester University Press 2007) and the coedited National Security Cultures: Patterns of Global Governance (Routledge 2010), European Security Governance: The European Union in a Westphalian World (Routledge 2009), and Global Security Governance (Routledge 2009). He is currently coauthoring a book with Mark Webber and Martin Smith tentatively entitled NATO: Decline or Renewal?

He is married to Joy Sperling, professor of art history at Denison University, president of the American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association, and author of Fragonard’s Shoe: the sculpture of Jude Tallichet. His daughter, Victoria, will graduate from Wellesley College in 2011.


Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara


3700: 150 World Politics and Government

3700: 310 International Politics and Institutions

3700: 345 World Politics in Film

3700: 410 International Security Policy

Areas of Responsibility

International Politics