Dr. Francis Schortgen is the Associate Dean of Faculty at the University of Utah Asia Campus. Prior to his current position, he worked at the University of Mount Union (Ohio, USA) from 2008 to 2022 where he had a dual appointment as a tenured Full Professor of International Affairs & National Security in the Department of Social Sciences and of International Business in the School of Business. Over the course of his tenure at Mount Union, he served as chair of the departments of Political Science & International Studies (August 2015-July 2021), Sociology & Criminal Justice (August-December 2019 and August 2020-July 2021) and Social Sciences (August 2021-July 2022). From January 2021 to March 2022, he was a visiting professor in the Department of Finance and Economics, School of Business & Law, University of Agder (Norway) where he taught Spring semester online graduate courses on Emerging Markets. Prior to moving into academia, he worked in the business consulting industry in Seoul, South Korea from December 2001 to July 2004.
Dr. Schortgen earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Miami University (2008), an MBA from the National University of Singapore (2002), an MA in Asia-Pacific Studies from the University of San Francisco (1999) and a BA in Political Science and History from Miami University (1997). He also attended the Management Development Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (Summer 2022) and holds a Certificate in Global Business from the Harvard Business School Online (2019).
Over the course of his academic career, Dr. Schortgen’s teaching portfolio has spanned the disciplines of Political Science, History, Economics, Finance, and Business, and included courses on the politics and history of East Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa, World Politics, Comparative Politics, Economic Warfare, Global Business, Market and Business Analysis, Emerging Markets Finance & Investments, Global Competition, etc. His research interests include Asian and international political economy, China-U.S. and China-North Korea relations, as well as international business and emerging/frontier market dynamics. He is a co-editor of National Role Conceptions in a New Millennium: Defining a Place in a Changing World (Routledge, Feb. 2022) and Achievements and Legacy of the Obama Presidency: “Hope and Change?” (Palgrave, Feb. 2022). Other notable publications include: “Weaponizing Globalization: Chinese High-tech in the Crosshairs of Geopolitics” published in Huawei Goes Global: Made in China for the World (Palgrave Macmillan (2020), “China and the 21st Century Silk Roads: A New Era of Global Economic Leadership?” published in China’s One Belt and One Road Initiative: The Changing Rules of Globalization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), “The Political Logic of Economic Backwardness in North Korea”, published in the journal North Korean Review (2017); and “Geostrategic Economics in the 21st Century: China, America and the Trans-Pacific Partnership” published in Advances in Geoeconomics (Routledge, 2017).