Gerald Bender

Associate Professor Emeritus of International Relations

Contact Information



  • M.A. , University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ph.D. U.S. Foreign Policy Analysis and Regional Studies-Africa, University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A. , University of Minnesota, Duluth

  • Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Professor Bender researches perceptions and misperceptions in United States foreign policy toward Africa. He is currently studying the management of human diversity and its impact on economic development in South Africa, Namibia and Angola. Professor Bender has published over twenty-five academic articles in journals such as Foreign Policy and Comparative Politics and dozens of articles in leading American newspapers such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. He consults for the State Department, United Nations, World Bank, National Security Council and several multinational corporations.
    Research Specialties
    U.S. foreign policy analysis; Regional studies - Africa

    Honors and Awards

    • USC Associates Award For Excellence In Teaching, 1985  
    • USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, Outstanding Faculty Award, 1983  

  • School of International Relations
  • 3518 Trousdale Parkway
  • Von KleinSmid Center 330
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0043
  • Phone: (213) 740 - 2136