Richard Leitch


Dr. Richard Leitch earned his BA in East Asian Studies from Colby College in 1985, and went on to earn an MA in Asian Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign after a two year career on Wall Street. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Illinois in 1995, where he was the recipient of the Harriet and Charles Luckman Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching, and the College of Liberal Arts Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Graduate Assistant. He has been a member of the Political Science Department at Gustavus since 1996, where he teaches courses in International Relations, Comparative Politics, Asian Politics, Environmental Politics, and the Politics of Poverty. In 2000 he received the Swenson-Bunn Award for Teaching Excellence at Gustavus, and in 2008 the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching.  In 2012 he was included in The Princeton Review's The Best 300 Professors.  His research interests include Japanese domestic politics and foreign policy, and he is the co-author of Japan's Role in the Post-Cold War World.


B.A. Colby College (1985, East Asian Studies); M.A. University of Illinois (Asian Studies); Ph.D. University of Illinois (1995, Political Science)

Courses Taught


FTS-100 (FTS:Homelessness), JPN-399 (Senior Thesis), POL-150 (Comparative Politics), and POL-260 (Environmental Politics)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
POL-150Comparative Politics192014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, 2000/FA, and 1999/FA
FTS-100FTS:Homelessness172014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, and 2001/FA
POL-255Pol of Japan & China152015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
POL-130International Relations152014/SP, 2013/SP, 2009/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2004/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2002/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
NDL-116Analyzing Japan142015/JN, 2014/JN, 2013/JN, 2012/JN, 2011/JN, 2010/JN, 2009/JN, 2008/JN, 2007/JN, 2006/JN, 2005/JN, 2003/JN, 2002/JN, and 2000/JN
POL-399Senior Seminar122014/FA, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
POL-268Career Exploration122008/JN, 2007/JN, 2006/JN, 2005/JN, 2004/JN, 2003/JN, 2002/JN, 2001/JN, and 2000/JN
POL-260Environmental Politics82013/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, 2005/FA, 2003/FA, and 2001/FA
POL-330International Relations Theory62009/SP, 2007/SP, 2005/SP, 2003/SP, 2001/SP, and 1999/SP
POL-099Senior Thesis52012/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, and 2005/SP
POL-350Comparative Politics52012/SP, 2008/SP, 2006/SP, 2002/SP, and 2000/SP
JPN-099Japanese Senior Thesis32005/SP, 2004/SP, and 2000/SP
POL-210Politics of Poverty22015/SP and 2012/FA
POL-250The Politics of Developing Nations22007/FA and 1999/FA
PCS-096Peace Studies Senior Thesis22002/SP and 2001/SP
PCS-095Peace Studies Senior Seminar12002/SP

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.