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Dr. John Friend


Assistant Professor of Political Science

Ph.D., University of Hawai'i, 2014

M.S., Missouri State University, 2007

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2004

Research and Teaching Interests: international relations theory; security studies; Asian politics  (emphasis on identity, nationalism, and gender in East Asia); modern China; international migration and political economy; U.S. foreign and defense policy; health politics and policy; and, qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Office: SJU, Simons 152                                                                             

(320) 363-2731

[email protected]

Dr. Friend's CV attached here.


Fall 2016 Courses


12:40 pm - 1:35 pm                POLS 121 - Intro to International Relations

3:00 pm - 3:55 pm                 POLS 121 - Intro to International Relations


12:45 pm - 2:05 pm               POLS 352 - Global Gender Issues

Study of gender as a fundamental variable in social, political and economic developments around the world. In this course, the focus is to identify the significance of gender at a global level. Examination of gendered division of labor in industrialized and developing societies, in particular, gendered discourses in development policies and gender-based economic strategies of modernization and restructuring. Beyond the economic realm, the course will also deal with other issues, such as wars, peace movements and concerns over military spending, which show remarkably similar patterns in terms of gender differences over policies.

Spring 2017 Courses


9:10 am - 10:05 am     POLS 121 - Intro to International Relations

12:40 pm - 1:35 pm     POLS 223 - Comparative Politics


2:20 pm - 3:40 pm       POLS 358 - Public Health