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 publications include the coauthored NATO’s Trajectory into the 21st Century (Palgrave 2012) and EU Security Governance (Manchester University Press 2007) and the coedited NATO after Sixty Years (Kent State University Press), 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 editor of Handbook on Governance and Security (Edward Elgar 2014) and is currently coauthoring with Mark Webber NATO: What’s wrong with it? How to fix it? (Polity Press).
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, graduated from Wellesley College in 2011 and is currently a PhD candidate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
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
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