Brett McCormick is Director of the University of New Haven’s Global Studies Program. He holds an appointment in History and Global Studies in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, within the College of Arts and Sciences.
As an undergraduate student at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Dr. McCormick completed multiple majors and minors across the field of Asian Studies, including the disciplines of Religious Studies, Philosophy, History, Comparative Literature, Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, and language training in Chinese, Japanese, and Classical Chinese.
Dr. McCormick went on to complete both his M.A. and Ph.D. at Cornell University, with specializations in Japanese History, Chinese History, and Japanese Literature.
Dr. McCormick is a specialist in East Asian diplomatic and security affairs, with specific focuses on China-Japan relations, and US-China relations. His scholarship and this teaching span the disciplines of history, political science, global studies, diplomacy, and international security studies. At the heart of his career in these fields is the East Asia Security Center (http://epublications.bond.edu.au/eas_centre/), of which he is a Co-Founder and Director. This Center is a jointly sponsored partnership between the University of New Haven and two of the top universities in Asia – The China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, and Bond University in Australia. Under Dr. McCormick’s guidance as a Director, the EASC host an internationally acclaimed annual week-long symposium and conference series in Beijing – The East Asia Security Symposium & Conference (http://epublications.bond.edu.au/eass_conference/).
The EASSC regularly hosts top-level military officials, diplomats, and scholars from over two dozen countries around the world, and is the only program of its kind directly linked with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Scholarship produced through this forum includes an ongoing book series, and dozens of book chapters and articles by leading East Asia specialist from around the world: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/eassc_publications/ . Information from these events is continually folded directly into Dr. McCormick’s history, political science, and global studies courses at the University of New Haven, offering his students unique opportunities for direct access to primary source materials and personnel throughout East Asia.
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Dr. McCormick’s personal interests revolve around his family and their shared love of international travel. With he and his wife’s many years of traveling and living abroad, his mother’s passion for global birding, his father’s former career as an Air Force officer, and his brother’s ongoing twenty-nine year career as a Navy officer, Dr. McCormick and his family have visited all but a handful of the countries of the world.