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Dr. Roger Bowen       
General Secretary       

Roger W. Bowen took office as General Secretary of the American Association of University Professors in July 2004. Prior to coming to Washington, he served as President/CEO of the Milwaukee Public Museum. From 1996 to 2001 Bowen was President of the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Formerly he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of International Affairs at Hollins College. In spring 1996 he was in residence at the Center for the Humanities and Public Policy (University of Virginia) as a Research Fellow. Prior to his time in Virginia, he held several administrative positions at Colby College in Maine, including Director of East Asian Studies, Director of Black Studies, Director of Colby-in-Cork (Ireland), and Professor and Chair of the Department of Government. Since 1981 he has been an Associate in Research at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University.

Bowen earned his B.A. at Wabash College (Indiana) in 1969, and a master’s degree at the University of Michigan in 1970. He completed his doctoral degree in political science from the University of British Columbia in 1977 and was awarded a Ministry of Education (Japan) Post-Doctoral Fellowship.

Bowen is author of Rebellion and Democracy in Meiji Japan (University of California Press, 1980, pbk. 1984), Innocence is Not Enough: The Life and Death of Herbert Norman (Douglas & McIntyre, 1986; M.E. Sharpe, 1988) and Japan’s Dysfunctional Democracy (M.E. Sharpe, 2003). In 1984 he edited E.H. Norman: His Life and Scholarship (University of Toronto Press). He is the author of many book and journal articles dealing with such issues as human rights in Japan, Japan’s foreign policy, academic freedom in the United States, and US foreign policy.

Bowen has traveled to Japan to conduct research more than a dozen times over the past twenty years. Bowen has also conducted research in England, Ireland, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Canada, and Egypt. In 1993 he was a member of the Atlantic Council delegation that visited NATO headquarters to discuss the future of NATO in the post Cold War period. He has lectured at Harvard University, Princeton University, Indiana University, the University of Toronto, and the universities of Heidelberg and Munich, among others. He is also a member of the International House of Japan.

Bowen has served on various public service boards, including Mohonk Consultations, Pattern for Progress, the Gerontology Institute, and the Board of Trustees of New York College (Athens, Greece). He was a member of the Presidents’ Network for International Education and the Commission on International Education of the American Council on Education; and chaired the Committee on Global Priorities and Responsibilities for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

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