John Copper | Distinguished Professor
Office: 120 Buckman Hall | Phone: (901) 843-3741 | Email: copper@rhodes.edu

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John F. Copper is the Stanley J. Buckman Distinguished Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.
Dr. Copper is the author of more than twenty-five books on Asia and international affairs. In addition, he has written several monographs, edited one book, co-edited one book, and cotranslated two books. He has also contributed to more than forty books and has published over seventy articles in academic journals and magazines. A number of his public addresses have been published.

Professor Copper has testified several times before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee and its Sub-Committee on Asia and Pacific Affairs. Dr. Copper was a member of the Board of Governors of the East West Center (and appointment made by the White House and the Secretary of State) from 1983 to 1989. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Chinese Studies and is a member of the editorial board of the journal Asian Affairs.

Professor Copper is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Men of Achievement, Contemporary Authors, Annual Guide to Public Policy Experts, and Who’s Who in Asian Studies. In 1997 Dr. Copper was the recipient of the International Communications Award. Professor Copper has spent more than thirteen years in Asia teaching and doing research.

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Education

1975, Ph.D., International Studies, University of South Carolina
1968, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
1964, Chinese, Taiwan Normal University, Taipei
1964, M.A., Asian Studies, University of Hawaii, Honolulu
1961, B.A., University of Nebraska, Lincoln


Courses
  • International Studies 235 - GREAT DECISIONS IN FORGN POLCY
  • International Studies 261 - GOVT & POLITICS OF CHINA
  • International Studies 262 - CHINA′S FOREIGN POLICY
  • International Studies 263 - GOVT & POLITICS OF JAPAN
  • International Studies 285 - THE EAST ASIA MIRACLE
  • International Studies 395 - US FOREIGN POLICY IN EAST ASIA
  • International Studies 431 - TOPICS IN INTERNATNL STUDIES *
  • International Studies 432 - TOPICS: U S INTELLIGNC COMMNTY
  • International Studies 460 - INTERNSHIP IN INTERNTL STUDIES
  • International Studies 475 - SENIOR TUTORIAL

*Professor Copper uses his own book TAIWAN:  NATION STATE OR PROVINCE?


Selected Publications

John F. Copper—Books Authored (in reverse chronological order)

Historical Dictionary of Taiwan (third edition) (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2007)

Playing with Fire: The Looming War with China over Taiwan (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2006)

Consolidating Taiwan’s Democracy (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2005)

Taiwan: Nation-State or Province? (fourth edition)(Boulder: Westview Press, 2003)

Taiwan in Troubled Times: Essays on the Chen Shui-bian Presidency (Singapore: World Scientific, 2002)

Historical Dictionary of Taiwan (second edition) (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2000)

Taiwan: Nation-State or Province (third edition) (Boulder: Westview Press, 1999)

As Taiwan Approaches the New Millennium: Essays on Politics and Foreign Affairs (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1999)

Taiwan’s Mid-1990s Elections: Taking the Final Step to Democracy (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998)

Coping with a Bad Global Image: Human Rights in the People′s Republic of China, 1993–94 (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1997)

The Taiwan Political Miracle: Essays on Political Development, Elections and Foreign Relations  (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1997

Taiwan: Nation-State or Province? (second edition) (Boulder: CO: Westview Press, 1996)

Words Across the Taiwan Strait: A Critique of Beijing’s White Paper on China’s Unification  (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1995)

Bamboo Gulag: Human Rights in the People’s Republic of China, 1991-92 (Baltimore: University of Maryland School of Law, 1994)

Taiwan’s 1991 and 1992 Non-Supplemental Elections: Reaching a Higher State of Democracy (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1994)
 
Historical Dictionary of Taiwan (Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1993)

Tiananmen Aftermath: Human Rights in the People’s Republic of China  (Baltimore: University of Maryland School of Law, 1992)

China Diplomacy: The Washington, Taipei, Beijing Triangle (Boulder: Westview Press, 1991

Failure of Democracy Movement: Human Rights in the People′s Republic of China, 1988/89 (Baltimore: University of Maryland School of Law, 1991)

Taiwan′s Recent Elections: Realizing the Democratic Promise (Baltimore: University of Maryland School of Law, 1990)
 
Taiwan: Nation-State or Province?  (Boulder, CO:  Westview Press, 1990)
 
One Step Forward, One Step Back: Human Rights in the People′s Republic of China, 1987/88  (Baltimore: University of Maryland School of Law, 1989)
 
A Silent Revolution: Political Development in Taiwan (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1988)
 
Human Rights in the People’s Republic of China (Boulder: Westview Press, 1988)
 
Reform in Reverse: Human Rights in the People′s Republic of China, 1986/1987 (Baltimore: University of Maryland School of Law, 1987)
 
Human Rights in Post-Mao China (Boulder: Westview Press, 1985)

Taiwan′s Elections: Political Development and Democratization in the Republic of China (Baltimore: University of Maryland School of Law, 1984)
 
China′s Global Role (Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 1980)
 
A Matter of Two Chinas: The China-Taiwan Issue in U.S. Foreign Policy  (Philadelphia: Foreign Policy Research Institute, 1979)

China′s Foreign Aid: An Instrument of Peking′s Foreign Policy (Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath and Co., 1976)


Notes: China′s Global Role won the Clarence Day Foundation Award for Outstanding Research and Creativity in 1981.
Taiwan: Nation-State or Province? (fourth edition), As Taiwan Approaches the New Millennium; Taiwan: Nation-State or Province (second edition); Taiwan’s 1991 and 1992 Non-Supplemental Elections, Taiwan: Nation-State or Province? A Silent Revolution, and Taiwan′s Elections were all printed in both hardcover and soft cover.
Human Rights in Post-Mao China has a Chinese-language edition.
Taiwan: Nation-State or Province? Human Rights in Post-Mao China, China′s Global Role and China′s Foreign Aid all sold out in first printing and went into second printing.
Books #9, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20 & 23 were jointly authored.

 

Published Lectures and Speeches


“The Neocons (Neo-Conservatives) and U.S. Asia Policy, Vital Speeches of the Day, October 15, 2003.

“The Economic Future of the West and the Continued Boom in China, or Bust,” Vital Speeches of the Day, October 1, 2002.

“The United States and Democracy in China and Taiwan,” in Bruce Herchensohn (ed.) Across the Taiwan Strait: The Bridge Between Mainland China and Taiwan (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2002).

“Taiwan’s View of U.S. China Policy,” Vital Speeches of the Day, June 1, 200l.

“Taiwan’s March 2000 Election,” Vital Speeches of the Day, June 1, 2000.

“U.S. -Taiwan-China Relations,” Vital Speeches of the Day, June 1, 1999.

“The United States and East Asia,” Vital Speeches of the Day, February 15, 1998.

“The Taiwan Relations Act: A 16-Year Record,” Vital Speeches of the Day, January 15, 1996.

"U.S. Perspectives on the Pacific Basin," Vital Speeches of the Day, June 1, 1990.

"Political Modernization in Taiwan,” Vital Speeches of the Day, April 15, 1989.

"America′s East Asia Policy:  The U.S. is Stabilizing Force," Vital Speeches of the Day, October 1, 1986.

"Political Development in Taiwan: Continuing Progress," published in The Heritage Lectures (#55), 1986.

"U.S.-P.R.C.-Soviet Triangle in the Pacific Region,” published in The Asia-Pacific Region in the  21st Century:  Searching for Coexistence and Co-prosperity, 1985.

"Strategic Defense:  Implications for The Pacific Basin," published in "Assessing Strategic Defense:
 Six Roundtable Discussions," The Heritage Lectures (#38), 1985.

"Taiwan′s Continuing Fight for Freedom," Vital Speeches of the Day, March 1, 1984.

"The U.S. and East Asia:  Problems and Dilemmas For the 1980s,” The Heritage Lectures (#30), 1984.

Congressional Testimony


 February 2004, testified before the U.S. China Economic Security Review Commission on the Taiwan Relations Act and the Referendum Issue in Taiwan.

 November 1983, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Future of Taiwan.

 October 1985, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the issues of nuclear technology transfers and sales by the People′s Republic of China.

 October 1985, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on the subject of human rights in the People′s Republic of China. 

April 1984, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on the subject of U.S.-China Relations.

November 1983, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Future of Taiwan.

October 1979, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the issue of the U.S.-China Trade Agreement.