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School of International Studies
George Wilson Hall
Mary-Lou Tyler
Academic Advisor
School of International Studies
George Wilson Hall
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211

Susan Sample Profile

Dr. Susan Sample is an associate professor of political science in the School of International Studies (SIS) and the Department of Political Science. She also serves as the Director of the Pacific Institute for Cross-Cultural Training, a program which seeks to assist Pacific students, staff and faculty to explore ways to increase intercultural competency across the curriculum and to develop creative ways to acquire the knowledge and skills and put them into practice.

In 2006, she was recognized as the SIS Outstanding Teacher of the Year.  She continually challenges her students and sets high expectations for them.

"Dr. Sample stands as an example of integrity to her students - intellectually, academically, and interpersonally. If you want a mentor who'll move you forward, without letting you let yourself down, look no further." Dallas Frohrib, '00

"Dr. Sample demands the best of you, which you'll discover is better than you thought--though she knew all along." Taylor Skinner, '09

She began her teaching career at Middlebury College in Vermont as a visiting assistant professor. She came to Pacific in 1999 as an assistant professor in both the School of International Studies and the Department of Political Science. She has also served as Assistant Dean in SIS and Acting Assistant Dean in the College of the Pacific.

Professor Sample earned a PhD, in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 1996. She graduated magna cum laude in 1991 with a BA in political science from the University of Missouri, Columbia and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She also earned a BA in Spanish from University of the Pacific in 2004.

Her current research includes the causes and consequences of arms and war and her most recent publication is a forthcoming chapter, "Arms Races:  Cause or Symptom," in What do We Know about War, 2nd edition, ed. John A. Vasquez, 2012.

Professor Sample has lived abroad in Australia, Malta, Norway, Guatemala and Mexico and has traveled all over the world; in the past five years she has visited Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Kyrgyzstan and Libya.