Stephen Hess, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Political Science and East Asian and Pacific Rim Studies
Ph.D. Miami University
M.A. University of Louisville

Office: Carlson Hall Room 221
Phone: (203) 576-4209


Steve Hess is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and East Asian and Pacific Rim Studies. Since arriving at UB in 2012, Dr. Hess has maintained an active research agenda centered on investigating the role of popular protest movements in nondemocratic countries. In 2013, he released his first book, Authoritarian Landscapes: Popular Mobilization and the Institutional Sources of Resilience in Nondemocracies, and is currently working on a co-authored book-length manuscript on the sources of anti-Chinese populist movements in African states. Dr. Hess has written over a dozen research articles in journals such as International Political Science Review, Central Asian Survey and Asian Survey. Additionally, he has testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, an advisory body to the United States Congress. A returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in China from 2006 to 2008, he has been active in bringing recruiters from the U.S. Peace Corps, the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, and other service organizations to UB to educate students about opportunities to live and work overseas.