Richard L. Langill
Title and discipline: professor,
Office location: Old Main 333
Areas of specialization: International relations
and American foreign-policy; Comparative Politics-Europe and Asia,
Global International Issues, World Regional Geography, Middle East
Politics, Chinese, Japanese, and Southeast Asian politics and
I did my undergraduate degree in political
science at California State University, Long Beach
where I also received my master's degree. My
master's thesis was on the political theory of
Robert McIver, a political sociologist who taught at
Columbia University for many years. After finishing
my master's degree, my wife and I joined the Peace
Corps from 1967 to 1969 where I served as a rural
health and community development worker in Western
Samoa in the South Pacific. During this period of
time I worked on sanitation projects, well baby
clinics, and community development projects. We
lived with a poor, rural, subsistence family in a
After finishing the Peace Corps, I received a full
scholarship with tuition remission to study for my
Ph.D. at the American University in Washington D.C.
My formal degree was in international studies and my
fields of study included the following
areas — international relations, comparative politics,
Southeast Asian studies, and economic development. I
wrote my Ph.D. dissertation on "Military Rule and
Developmental Policy in Indonesia under the New
Order." My dissertation focused on development
policies of the Suharto government and how those
policies developed the country economically without
substantially improving the lot of the average
My first full-time teaching position was at a small
liberal arts college in south-central Illinois
called Blackburn College. I taught a wide variety of
courses at this institution and became the
department chair and the division Dean before I
left. I served as the director of advising at that
institution and also the accreditation officer. In
that capacity I wrote one 10-year accreditation
report for the North Central Association.
In 1985-86 I left to become the Vice President for
Academic Affairs at Saint Martin's College. I served
under Dr. David Spangler in this position for 12
years. During that period of time I worked to
reintroduce foreign languages at the University. I
was also responsible for reintroducing the sociology
program in the freshmen seminar program and
developing the current general education program. In
1998 I resigned my administrative position to assume
a full-time teaching position in the Department of
Political Science and History at Saint Martin's
University where I have been teaching ever since.
I teach a variety of courses in the department
including PLS 152-Global Issues, PLS
300-International Relations, PLS 350-European
Politics, PLS 352-Asian Politics, PLS 330-The Cold
War, HIS 217-Chinese and Japanese history, and GPH
210-World Regional Geography.
- "The Palestinian Dimension of
the Gulf Crisis" Lacey Rotary Club,
- "Human Rights in the Middle East: An
Overview," Amnesty International
Meeting, January 30, 1991.
- "Crisis in the Gulf: The Iraqi
Invasion of Kuwait," Lakewood Kwanis
Club, November 20,1990.
- "The Palestinian Question and U.S.
Foreign Policy," West Olympia Rotary
Club, January 24, 1989.
- "THE US-PLO Dialogue" Middle East
Conference. Oregon State University,
May 2, 1989.
- "Tunisia: Crossroads of the
Mediterranean" American Association
of University Women, Olympia,
Washington, April 10, 1989.
- "Political Change in Tunisia Since
November, 1987" Regional Middle East
Seminar, University of Washington,
April 29, 1989.
- "The US and the Middle East:
Dangerous Drift" Great Decision
Program. United Methodist Church,
April 24, 1988.
- "Tunisia: A Personal View" Olympia
World Affairs Council, September 21,
- "South Africa: Is Peace Possible"
Piece of My Mind Series. Olympia,
Washington, October 1, 1986.
- "The Problem of Civic Illiteracy in
American Education", The Burnian
Magazine May 1983.
- "US Policy and the Palestinian
Question", Paper presented at the
American University at Beirut,
- "Teaching Energy as a Global
International" and "Teaching
Environment as a Gobal Issue", Paper
presented at the International
Studies Convention, Philadelphia,
PA, March 1981.
- "Reunification of Vietnam", in Great
Events From History. Salem
International Publications, 1979.
- "The Fall of Saigon" in Great Events
From History. Salem International
- Book Review of The Giants: Russia
and America by Richard Barnet in
Magill's Literacy Annual, Salem
International Publications, 1978.
- "Americans in Southeast Asia",
Potomac Review VII, No 1, Summer
- "Political Culture in Samoa", Paper
presented at a Symposium on
Comparative Politics, The American
University, Washington, D. C., 1972.
- "Military Rule and Developmental
Policy in Indonesia Under Suharto"s
New Order, 1966-1974", Ph.D.
dissertation. The American
University, Washington, D.C., 1977.
- "The Ideas of Community and Freedom
in the Political Theory of Robert
McIver", M.A. Thesis. California
State College, Long Beach, 1967.
As academic vice president at Saint Martin's I
wrote three major accreditation reports — two interim
reports and one 10 year report.
I have traveled extensively throughout many parts
of the world. In 1982 I made a trip to Lebanon,
Jordan, Israel, and the occupied territories. The
purpose of this trip was to discuss the Palestinian
issue with the leadership of the PLO, members of the
Israeli government, the State Department, and
neighboring countries. On this trip our group had an
extensive meeting with Yasser Arafat, chairman of
the PLO, in one of his bunkers at 2 o'clock in the
morning. I spent the evening with Abu Jihad (Khalil
al Wazir), the number two man in the PLO who was
responsible for the PLO military. On this trip we
also met a large number of Arab West Bank mayors who
just been elected to office.
In 1989 I had a fellowship from the national
Council on US Arab relations to spend a summer in
Tunisia where I met again with Chairman Arafat
and — on this occasion — his foreign minister, Farouk
Khaddoumi. This trip had a profound impact on my
life and studies. I continue to have a deep interest
in the Palestinian question and teach this topic in
several of my classes.
I received a Malone scholarship to visit Saudi
Arabia and Qatar. On this trip I gained a greater
appreciation of the politics of the Arabian Gulf. We
held extensive meetings with members of the Saudi
government, the US Saudi Chamber of Commerce,
institutions of higher education, and other NGOs.
Another side effect of these trips is an interest
that I have developed in Islamic architecture. As a
result of my first trip to North Africa I became
interested in the contributions that Arabs have made
to world civilization. I was particularly affected
by the beauty of Islamic architecture. As a result I
decided to finance several trips to North Africa and
southern Spain to view and study the area's historic
monuments. My wife and I traveled through Andalucia
in southern Spain — and I through Morocco — viewing the
remnants of Islamic civilization those countries. I
occasionally lecture and show architectural slides
from these travels.
My formal study at the University was in
Southeast Asian politics. I was trained as a
Southeast Asia expert with knowledge of Thailand,
Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. I studied
the Indonesian language for four years and was
awarded scholarships to study intensive Indonesian
at Cornell University. I ended up writing my Ph.D.
dissertation on Indonesian economic development
under the new order government of Pres. Suharto. In
2010, my wife and I visited Indonesia and traveled
extensively through Java and Bali. I have given a
number of presentations in the community on
Indonesia and I teach Indonesian politics at Saint
I have an academic interest in both China and
Japan. I was privileged to have several instructors
who piqued my interest in Chinese history and
Chinese politics. One of these was a professor Ho,
an imminent Chinese historian prior to the Chinese
communist revolution. He fled China for Taiwan in
1949 only to encounter the hot breath of the
nationalist government on Taiwan. He came to the
United States as a visiting professor at Long Beach
State College. The courses I took with him on
Imperial Chinese history were outstanding. Then, at
American University I had the good fortune take a
modern Chinese history course with Michael Lindsay,
Lord Lindsay of Birker, who was knighted by the
Queen for his service to the British Crown. Michael
Lindsay was one of many foreigners who spent the war
years in Yenan, Mao Zedong's base camp in Shenzi
province. Michael Lindsay worked closely with the
top Chinese leadership including Cho En-lai during
the war years. He was a walking encyclopedia of
modern Chinese history.
Since coming to Saint Martin's University I've
had the opportunity to travel extensively in China
and Japan. I've taught in China five times. I taught
English to middle school kids in Sichuan province in
the early 90s. I've taught four other times at
Shanghai maritime University. I've traveled all over
China including Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Chendu,
Qingqing, Guangzhou, Sian, Nanjing, and Suzhou. In
addition to being very knowledgeable about Chinese
and Japanese history and politics, I have a personal
interest in Chinese and Japanese gardens, and I have
on occasion lectured on these with slides from my
travels. I was awarded a JTB fellowship to travel
throughout Japan in the late 1980s visiting the
historic sites of Japan from Tokyo to the far
western tip of Honshu island and Yamaguchi
In 1985, I was invited by the South African
government to talk to governmental officials and
other political leaders about the changing nature of
apartheid in South Africa. This was a fabulous time
to be in South Africa because it was during the key
period of change from a white minority government to
a government that included the black majority of the
country. On this trip we visited Cape Town,
Pretoria, Durban, portal Elizabeth, Windhoek
Namibia, and several other places. I maintain a deep
interest in South African politics as a result of
Areas of interest (professional / personal)
I also have a lot of outside interests including gardening
and the stock market. I have a greenhouse at home that I built
myself and where I propagate a number of plants from seeds and
cuttings. Over the years I have planted many of the flowers and
shrubs that thrive on the Saint Martin's campus.
Many years ago I developed an interest in the stock market. I
spend at least two hours a day reading business news and
watching market activity. I follow markets very closely and keep
abreast of international business needs that could affect stock
prices. I've been moderately successful in trading and
Education: B.A., California State University,
Long Beach; M.A., California State University, Long Beach; Ph.D., The American University,