Professor of Political Science
Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA
Bradley Jensen Murg, a Franco-American from Detroit, Michigan, has taught political science since 2015 at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. He has in fact just been voted professor of the year there for 2017. In addition to leading the Global Development Studies program in the School of Business, Government, and Economics, Dr. Murg is an Associate Professor at another Seattle university: Washington University, at the Ellison Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies. Dr. Murg is furthermore an Associate Fellow at the Greater Mekong Research Center of Phnom Penh in Cambodia, where he periodically conducts resarch internships.
Dr. Murg’s research is funded by the Social Science Research Council and the International Research and Exchanges Board. It deals generally with the impact of legal reforms and development aid policies. It also more specifically focuses on the economic development of China and countries of the former Soviet Union. Given his expertise, Dr. Murg regularly works as a consultant or advisor for the Asian Development Bank on the various challenges of developing the Far East.
In addition to these main research themes, Dr. Murg is an active member of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. He is currently working on a series of articles that explore the way contemporary thinkers of the social doctrines of the Church conceptualise poverty.
Dr. Murg graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he completed his Master’s degree with a thesis on the moral philosphy of Thomas Aquinas. He also holds a M.Sc. in Economic History from the London School of Economics in England. Dr. Murg’s doctoral thesis, at Washington State University, focused on the legal reforms and compared economic development of China, Russia, and Kazakhstan.
Dr. Burg speaks French, Russian, and Mandarin fluently. Furthermore, he is functional in German, Dutch, Uigur, Tagalog, and Latin. If he isn’t on campus, he can often be found enjoying himself on his kayak, which he keeps tied to his houseboat docked on the Seattle Union Lake. If not on the lake, Dr. Murg is probably busy adding to the list of 78 countries he has visited, with the Republic of Ecuador being his most recent addition.