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Bruce Gilley is Professor of Political Science at the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. His research centers on comparative and international politics and public policy. His work covers issues as diverse as democracy, climate change, political legitimacy, and international conflict. He is a specialist on the politics of China and Asia. He is the author of four university-press books, including The Nature of Asian Politics (2015), The Right to Rule: How States Win and Lose Legitimacy (2009) and China’s Democratic Future (2004) in addition to several co-edited volumes. His scholarly articles have appeared in journals including Comparative Political Studies and the European Journal of Political Research and his policy articles in journals including Foreign Affairs and the Washington Quarterly. A member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Democracy and the Journal of Contemporary China, Gilley has received grants from the Smith-Richardson Foundation and the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at Oxford University from 1989 to 1991 and a Woodrow Wilson Scholar at Princeton University from 2004 to 2006. From 1992 to 2002, he was a journalist in Hong Kong where he wrote for the Eastern Express newspaper and then the Far Eastern Economic Review magazine.His biggest scoop was exposing an illicit technology transfer by a Stanford professor to China's military.

Areas of Public Service Expertise

Dr. Gilley is the Principal of Policy Foresight Associates LLC, a Portland-based firm providing research and strategy advice on public policies and programs for clients in the United States and abroad.

Professional Philosophy

I am chapter president of the Oregon Association of Scholars, the state chapter of the National Association of Scholars. I adhere to the NAS's statement The Architecture of Intellectual Freedom. I am also a member of the Heterodox Academy and support its mission to encourage viewpoint diversity in higher education.I am a founding signatory of the Oregon Academic Faculty Pledge on Freedom. In 2017, I wrote of my withdrawal from the American Political Science Association (APSA) because of its lack of intellectual and political diversity. I have also elaborated my teaching philosophy here. This is reflected also in my teaching of Philosophy of Social Sciences (PS 493/593).

I categorically reject the claims of my employer that our university sits on "stolen land", which are based on empty historical evidence as well as ahistorical judgements. I uphold instead an Inclusive Land Statement. As with attempts by PSU to impose "diversity" ideology on our campus, I  uphold my intellectual integrity and freedom in the face of totalitarian attempts at the indoctrination of our students. In 2020, I was proud to be the only political science faculty member who refused to sign an odious "black lives matter" statement, as I would reject any mandatory ideology for our department. I was proud to convene a Critiques of BLM Reading Group in Fall 2020.


Princeton University, Doctorate of Philosophy in Politics, 2007
University of Oxford, Master of Philosophy in Economics, 1991
University of Toronto, Bachelor of Arts in Economics & International Relations, 1988

Prizes and Awards

  • Named as one of 32 Top Scientists at Portland State University by Stanford-Elsevier Study of Research Impact, 2020
  • College of Urban and Public Affairs Dean's Award for Scholarly Achievement -- Senior Faculty, 2016
  • Frank Cass Prize, Best Article in Democratization in 2010
  • Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics, 2007, Department of Politics, Princeton University (Nominated for the Gabriel A. Almond Best Dissertation Award, American Political Science Association)
  • 2006 and 2012 Marcel Cadieux Award, Best Article on Foreign Policy, Canadian Institute of International Affairs
  • Woodrow Wilson Scholars Fellowship, Princeton University, 2004-6
  • Princeton University, East Asian Studies Prize, 2002
  • Commonwealth Scholarship, University of Oxford, 1989-1991


Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University, Portland, OR 97207

Tel: 503.725.3056


Twitter: @BruceDGilley

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NAS Regional Conference, Phoenix, 2018