Hiram College
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James Thompson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science
Director of the James A. Garfield Center for Public Leadership

James Thompson received his M.A. in Politics from St. Mary’s College of California in 1999 and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in 2008.

While conducting his graduate studies, he became aware of the long-term trends which are pushing global politics towards the ultimate creation of a global state. As such, he has devoted much of his academic effort to analyzing these trends — via regional integration projects, in particular — and to spreading an awareness of these trends. Thus in addition to his work at Hiram College, he is also the co-coordinator of the World Government Research Network, which includes some of the leading figures in the study of International Relations.


  • Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Notre Dame

Research Interests

Primary area of research is International relations, with a focus on regional integration projects.

Other areas of interest include political theory, public leadership, the relationship between politics and architecture.

Selected Publications

Fun Facts

  • Prof. Thompson has a strong interest in the manner in which politics and architecture intersect, and he accordingly works with architects on projects which have the potential to have a substantial civic benefit.