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David J. Lorenzo


College of International Affairs



B.A Political Science, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville 1984

Ph.D. Yale, 1993


Contact Information

Office: 271305

Phone: 2939-3091 ext. 51305

E-mail: lorenzo@nccu.edu.tw



Academic and Professional Experience


National Chengchi University, 2010-present: Professor, 2015; Associate Professor 2012; Visiting Associate Professor, 2010.

Virginia Wesleyan College, 2006-2010: Associate Professor

Jamestown College, 1997-2006: Professor, 2005; Associate Professor 2001; Assistant Professor 1997

US Department of Education, 1995-1997: Policy Development Division, Office of Postsecondary Education, GS 7, 9, 11

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, 1992-1993: Visiting Lecturer/Instructor


Research Interests (研究領域

 My research and teaching areas encompass American government, political theory, international relations and diplomacy.

My research involves the analysis of policy arguments, most recently those which address issues of war and peace in the United States. 

Courses Taught (NCCU)

International Relations and Political Philosophy (Graduate)

International Relations and Political Philosophy (Undergraduate)

Cultural Diplomacy (Graduate)

Democratization and Good Governance (Graduate)

American Government: The Presidency (Undergraduate)

Introduction to World Politics (Undergraduate)

Introduction to International Political Economy (Undergraduate)

English For Diplomacy (Undergraduate)

IR Theory (Graduate)

Sino-American Relations (Graduate)

Modern Diplomatic History (Graduate)

American Foreign Policy (Graduate)


Publications (著作)


Debating War: Why Arguments Opposing American Wars and Interventions Lose (New York: Routledge

         Press, 2015)

Cities at the End of the World: Using Utopian and Dystopian Stories to Reflect Critically on Our Political

        Beliefs, Communities and Ways of Life (New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2014)

Conceptions of Chinese Democracy: Reading Sun Yat-sen, Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo

        (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013)

Tradition and the Rhetoric of Right: Popular Political Argument in the Aurobindo Movement (Madison, NJ

         and London: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1999).


Journal Articles


“Opposition to the Libyan Intervention Among the American Public,” Tamkang Journal of

        International Affairs, Vol. 17, No. 3 (Jan. 2014).

  "Democracy and the Roots of Consensus Rhetoric in Taiwan,” American Journal of Chinese

Studies, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Oct. 2010).

  Hsièn Kăi in Taiwan: Assessing P Possible Constitutional Models,” American Journal of Chinese

Studies,Vol. 14, No. 2 (October 2007): 153-165.

  “Gladstone, Religious Freedom, and Practical Reasoning,” History of Political Thought, Vol. 26,

No. 1 (April 2005): 90-119.

  “Tradition and Prudence in Locke's Exceptions to Toleration,” American Journal of Political Science,

Vol. 47, No. 2 (April 2003): 248-58.

  "Attaining Rogers Smith's Civic Ideals,” Political Theory, Vol. 30, No. 3 (June 2002): 357-83.

  "Countering Popular Misconceptions of Federal Bureaucracies in American Government Classes,”

P.S.: Political Science and Politics, Vol. 32, No. 4 (December 1999): 743-7.

 "The Portrayal of Similarities in the Justification of Empire: G.A. Henty and Late 19th Century

Imperial Literature,” The McNeese Review, Vol. 37 (1999): 14-42.



Book Chapters


“Diplomacy Between the Wars”. In George Esenwein, ed., Europe Between the Wars

(New York: Gale/Cengage, forthcoming).

  “Noam Chomsky and Chalmers Johnson: Critical Views of American Foreign Policy”.

         In Lucia Chen, ed., Challenges to US Foreign Policy in the 21st Century. Taipei: Tamkang

         University Press, 2014

"Political Communication and the Study of Rhetoric: Persuasion from the Standpoint of Literary

Theory and Anthropology". In Mary Stuckey, ed., The Theory and Practice of Political  

Communication Research (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1996): 1-27.


Book Reviews


D. A. Bell and C. Li, eds. The East Asian Challenge for Democracy: Political Meritocracy in Comparative Perspective

and J. Chan, Confucian Perfectionism: A Political Philosophy for Modern Time, Perspectives in Politics, Vol. 13,

No., 1 (March 2015)

Reviews for Choice: F. Dallmayr, Integral Pluralism: Beyond Culture Wars; T. Metz, Untying the Knot: Marriage,

the State and the Case for Their Divorce; J. Fruchtman, The Political Philosophy of Thomas Paine; A. Stilz, Liberal

Loyalty: Freedom, Obligation & the State; C. Nederman, Lineages of European Political Thought: Explorations

along the Medieval/Modern Divide from John of Salisbury to Hegel;  J. Morrison, The Political Philosophy of George

Washington; C.L. Ten, ed., Mill’s On Liberty: A Critical Guide; J. Bernard, Why Machiavelli Matters: A Guide to

Citizenship in a Democracy; V. Held, How Terrorism is Wrong; C. Lavin, The Politics of Responsibility; S. Lecce,

Against Perfectionism,; N. Hirschmann, Gender, Class, and Freedom in Modern Political Theory; K. Ferguson, William

James: Politics in the Pluriverse; M. Shapiro, Deforming American Political Thought: Ethnicity, Facticity, and Genre; C. Duncan

and T. Machan, Libertarianism: For and Against; P. Steinberger, The Idea of the State;  E. MacGilvray, Reconstructing Public Reason.

B. L Brock, M. E. Huglen, J. F Klumpp and S. Howell, Making Sense of Political Ideology: The Power of Language in Democracy.

Political Studies Review, Vol. 4, Issue 3 (September 2006)

A. Etzioni and A. Bowditch, eds., Public Intellectuals: An Endangered Species? Political Studies Review, Vol. 5, Issue 2 (May 2007).

J. M. Choi and J. W. Murphy, The Politics and Philosophy of Political Correctness. American Review of Politics (Fall 1994).

 P. Schumacher, Critical Pluralism, Democratic Performance, & Community Power. The Midwest Political Science Journal (Fall 1992).




Grants and Honors


National Science Council, Republic of China, Teaching and Research Grant, 2010-2012

Virginia Wesleyan College, Batten Term Professorship, 2008-2010

Virginia Wesleyan College, Batten Professorship Development Funding, 2008-


Ministry of Education, Republic of China Taiwan Studies Faculty Research Fellowship,

NEH Summer Institute Participant Grant, 2007

Jamestown College, Various Bush Foundation Faculty Development Grants 2003, 2006

US Department of Education, Title VI Language Fellowship (Russian), Yale University,


University of Arkansas, Harold D. Hantz Honors Award, 1984

University of Arkansas, Henry M. Alexander Memorial Award in Political Science, 1984

Phi Beta Phi, 1984          

Phi Beta Kappa, 1983     




Invited Talks


“Democracy in Taiwan and the Chinese Mainland,”, Rosenberg Center for East Asian Studies, Suffolk University, February 3, 2014;

Center for the Study of Asia, Boston University, February 4, 2014;  Bridgewater State University, February 5, 2014;  Massachusetts

Institute of Technology, February 5, 2014; Suchow University, May 26, 2014; College of William and Mary, Feb. 1, 2016

“Chinese Cultural Traditions and Taiwan’s Political Culture,” Sigur Center for Asian Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, The

George Washington University, January 27, 2014

"Conceptions of democracy and political tasks in the greater Chinese community," New York Press Club, September 11, 2013.

“China’s Search for Development and Democracy,” Richmond University, September 5, 2013.

“Utopias and Dystopias in Western Thought,” Chinese Cultural University, April 24, 2013.

“Reading Sun Yat-sen, Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo in Comparative Perspective,” National Sun Yat-sen University,

March 21, 2013

Foreign Policy Arguments Used by Activist, Non-Elite Americans,” North American Institute, Tamkang University,

Taipei, Sept. 2011.

 “American Politics, Government and Foreign Policy,” Foreign Policy Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC, Taipei, Taiwan,

March 2011.

“The Origins, Nature and Prospects of the Tea Party,” Institute for European and American Studies, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan,

November 2010

 “Non-Elite Views of Foreign Policy in America,” International Doctoral Program in Asian Studies, National Chengchi University, Taipei,

Taiwan, January 5, 2010.

“US Views of China: Will China be a ‘Responsible Power?’” MacArthur Center for Security Studies, Institute of International Relations,

National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, December 24, 2009.

 “Challenges of Taiwan’s Democratic Transition,” University of Houston at Clearlake, Clearlake, TX, September 2007; St. Thomas

University, San Antonio, TX, September 2007.


Conference Presentations


“Noam Chomsky and Chalmers Johnson: Critical Views of American Foreign Policy,” Challenges to US Foreign Policy in the 21st

Century, Tamkang University, May 2014.

"Historical Conceptions of Democracy in Taiwan and Observations on Contemporary Developments," American Political Science

Association Conference, August 30, 2013.

 “A Foreign Policy of Pretty Please: Mitt Romney’s Characterization of Obama’s Foreign Policy,” Midwest Political Science Association

Meeting, Chicago, April 10, 2013

“Political Elites on Taiwan’s Democracy,” American Association of Chinese Studies Annual Conference, Fullerton, CA, October 2008.

 “Chiang Ching-kuo on Democracy,” American Association of Chinese Studies Meeting, Richmond, VA, October 2007.

 “A Theory of Political Storytelling,” Midwest Political Science Association Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 2007.

“Chiang Kai-shek’s Democratic Rhetoric,” Western Political Science Association Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, April 2006.

 “Rawls on Justification,” Southwest Political Science Association Meeting. March 2004.

“W.E. Gladstone on Church and State,” Southwest Political Science Association Meeting April 2003.

“Locke and Justifications of the Mixture of State and Religion in America 1740-1805,” Southwest Political Science Association Meeting,

March 2002.

Roundtable Discussion: “Treatment of Bureaucracy in Introductory Political Science

Classes: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly,” Southern Political Science Association Meeting, November 2000.

“Public Religion in Anglo-American Political Arguments,” Southwest Political Science Association. March 1999.

 “Political Conversations in a Contemporary Community: Margaret Thatcher on Trade Unions,” Poster Session, American Political Science

Association, September 1998.

“‘Communitarian Naturalism’ and the History of Ideas: Political Philosophy as a Conceptual Storehouse,” Northeast Political Science

Association, October 1993.

“Communitarian Argument,” Arkansas Political Science Association, February 1993.

 “Urban vs. Rural Development: A Deep Policy Battle in Auroville,” Communal Studies Association, October 1992.




Professional Service


Reviewing Activities: Journal of Politics (2009, 2010, 2012), Political Research Quarterly (2008, 2009, 2015), Pearson/Longman Publishing (3 reviews,

 2006), Roxbury Publishing (2006), Politics & Policy (2005), American Journal of Political Science (2004), Political Theory (2001), PS: Political Science

 and Politics (1999)

Review Panels: External Grant Reader, Comprehensive Program, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, US  Department

of Education, June-July 2007, August 2010; Grant Reader, EU/US Atlantis Program, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary

Education, US Department of Education, June 2007, April 2010; External Grant Reader, Hispanic Education, Fund for the

Improvement of Postsecondary Education, US Department of Education, August 2009; Jacob Javits Fellowship Program (Public

Policy and Public Administration), Washington, D.C. November 2006.; Peer Review Panel, Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation

Research Abroad and Faculty Research Abroad (Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia), December 2005, January 2009, June 2013.

Discussant, Midwest Political Science Association Conference, 2013 (2), 2007; American Association for Chinese Studies, 2009; American

Political Science Association National Meeting, 2006; American Political Science Association Conference on Teaching and Learning,


Panel Chair, Midwestern Political Science Association, 2013, Western Political Science Association Meeting, 2006; American Political Science

Association National Meeting, 2005, Southwest Political Science Association Meeting, 1994

Country Expert for Taiwan, Varieties of Democracy Database on Democracy, 2012.

Public Lectures, “Political Consequences of the 2010 Census,” VWC and League of Women’s Voters of Norfolk, February 2010 (4 talks).

Moderator, North Dakota Public Employees Association Legislative Candidate Forum, Jamestown, ND., 2004.