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Stephen C. Thomas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Email: Stephen Thomas
Office Location: King Center 520
Phone: (303) 556-5259
Fax: (303) 556-6041
Office hours: Fall 2013 - Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30-2:00pm or by appointment.
Areas of Expertise:
Political Science

Education & Degrees

Ph.D., Political Science, Stanford University

M.A., East Asian Studies, Stanford University

B.A., Political Science, San Jose State University


I teach courses on Chinese politics, human rights, international relations, and sustainable development. l have pursued research on early Chinese industrialization, modern Chinese political and economic development, and human rights. I am currently researching China's foreign exchange reserves and sovereign wealth funds. I have taught and lived in China. I co-lead a two-week study trip to China every year called Window on China.

Select Publications

I have published articles on various Chinese financial sector reforms, such as Chinese banking, the securities market, the insurance industry, and the bond market. Most recently I have been doing research on Chinese sovereign wealth funds and I will have a forthcoming article.

Courses Taught

  • PSC 3022: Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PSC 3042: Introduction to International Relations
  • PSC 4216: IR: Human Rights
  • PSC 4615: Chinese Politics
  • PSC 5615: Seminar on Chinese Development