Dr. Timothy Lomperis, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Saint Louis University, specializes in international relations, Asian studies, international security, revolutionary theory, and counterinsurgency.
Education and Background. Dr. Lomperis received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1981. His fields were international relations, Asian studies, political theory, and world religions. His dissertation won the Helen Dwight Reid award of the American Political Science Association in 1981 for the best dissertation in international relations. Before earning his Ph.D., Dr. Lomperis served two tours of duty in Vietnam in the Army and Defense Intelligence Agency. He was awarded the U.S. Bronze Star and the Vietnamese Army Staff Medal First Class. Prior to joining the SLU faculty in 1996, he taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and at Duke University.
Research. Dr. Lomperis has published five books, four on the Vietnam war and its lessons: The War Everyone Lost--and Won (1984, 1987, 1993), Reading the Wind (1986), From People's War to People's Rule (1996), and a memoir, The Vietnam War from the Rear Echelon (2011). From People's War to People's Rule won two major book awards, including the Alpha Sigma Nu Award for the best book published at a Jesuit institution in the social sciences. Dr. Lomperis has also published a short book on The Hindu Influence on Greek Philosophy (1984, republished on the internet by IdeaIndia.com in 2007).
His journal articles have appeared in such outlets as Parameters, World Affairs, and The Journal of Conflict Studies. He has frequent media contacts on the war on terror and is currently at work on a book on the politics of military interventions in the Cold War contrasted with those of the war on terror.