Denis Fred Simon

Adjunct Senior Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute

Professor Denis Fred Simon is Vice Provost for International Strategic Initiatives at Arizona State University. He also is Foundation Professor of Politics and Global Studies. Professor Simon is responsible for the global engagement and positioning of the university and for extending the overall global footprint of ASU. Prior to his arrival at ASU, Professor Simon served as the Vice Provost for International Affairs at the University of Oregon. In that role, he served as the chief academic officer responsible for the international strategy and global activities of the overall university. He also was a tenured full professor of international studies. In addition, he was a member of the Advisory Board of the Confucius Institute at the university.

Preceding his arrival at the University of Oregon, Professor Simon was a tenured full professor of international affairs and one of the founding senior faculty at the new School of International Affairs at Penn State University. In addition, he also served as director of the Program on U.S.-China Technology, Economic and Business Relations, and the principal coordinator of the Penn State Forum on Contemporary China. He also held the position of codirector of the Confucius Institute at Penn State. In addition, prior to his departure for Oregon, he served as co-principal investigator and codirector (with Professor Sophia McClennen) of the Center for Global Studies, which is a designated National Resource Center supported by a U.S. Department of Education, Title VI grant in International Studies.

Prior to joining Penn State, Professor Simon served as the founding Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Levin Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce under the State University of New York in New York City. He was also  executive director of the Center for the Study of Science, Technology, and Innovation in China at Levin.

Among his key publications are Technological Innovation in China, with Detlef Rehn (Harper Books, 1987); Science and Technology in Post-Mao China, edited with Merle Goldman (Harvard University Press, 1989); The Emerging Technological Trajectory of the Pacific Rim (M.E. Sharpe, 1995); Corporate Strategies Towards the Pacific Rim (Routledge, 1996); Techno-Security in an Age of Globalization (M. E. Sharpe, 1997); and Global R&D in China, edited with Yifei Sun and Max Von Zedtwitz (Routledge, 2008). He recently completed a new book (with Dr. Cong Cao) dealing with China’s scientific and engineering talent pool, China’s Emerging Technological Edge: Assessing the Role of High-End Talent (Cambridge University Press, 2009). He also is working on a new book entitled China and the Global Innovation System: An Analysis of the PRC’s International S&T Relations (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

In recognition of his extensive work in China, Professor Simon was selected among only 20 foreign experts to receive the Liaoning Province Friendship Award in Shenyang in September 2006. In October 2006, he was awarded China’s highest medal given by the Chinese government to a “foreign expert,” the China National Friendship Award, by Premier Wen Jiabao in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Professor Simon holds a BA in Asian studies and political sciences from the State University of New York, New Paltz (1974) and an MA in Asian studies and PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley (1975, 1980).