Ronald L. Tammen

Director of Mark O. Hatfield School of Government and Professor of Political Science, Portland State University
Work Phone: 1(503)­ 725-8443

Dr. Ronald L. Tammen is Director of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. The Hatfield School offers 13 degrees including a Ph.D. in public administration, political science, and criminal justice as well as five Institutes Centers. Prior to this position he was Department Chair and Associate Dean at the National War College in Washington, D.C, the federal government's premier educational institution for senior State Department, Defense Department and select international officials. As Department Chair, Dr. Tammen leadership spanned international politics, international political economy, regional studies, American politics, diplomatic history, and U.S. foreign policy. 

Previously, Dr. Tammen was Chief of Staff to Senator William Proxmire (D-Wis). Proxmire served as Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, the Joint Economic Committee and several Subcommittees of the Appropriations Committee. Dr. Tammen also served as a Staff Consultant to the Arms Control and Foreign Policy Caucus headed by Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R-OR). In the private sector, Dr. Tammen was managing partner of Potomac Partners, a national public relations and lobbying firm based in Washington, D.C. that represented major clients in the banking, aerospace, food, environment, and technology arenas. 

His research interests center on world politics with an emphasis on the emergence of China as a world power. He has lectured widely in the United States and abroad; has led official delegations to over 30 countries; and is a frequent media commentator. Dr. Tammen holds a BA in political science from Pacific University, a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and certificates from Reed College and the National War College.

Other related research work, publication, websites, and links

  • Regional Challenges: China's Rise to Power.
  • Power Transition Theory and the Rise of China.
  • Power Transitions and Alliances in the Twenty-First Century Asian Perspective
  • Power Transitions: Strategies for the 21st Century.
  • The New Open Door Policy in Parity and War.
  • SDI at the Crossroads: A Report for the United States Senate. 
  • The Economics of Defense Spending. 
  • MIRV and the Arms Race