Santa Clara University

Department of Political Science

Eric Hanson

Phone: 408-554-6882
Location: Victor B. and Julia Botto Vari Hall
Room number: 233
Courses taught:
Introduction to Comparative Politics

Religion and Politics in the Developing World

Politics in China

Religion and Politics in the International System

Eric Hanson


Education: Ph.D Stanford University, 1976; M.A.(Philosophy) Gonzaga University, 1967; B.A. Gonzaga University, 1966
Curriculum Vita: Eric Hanson (updated 9/2011)

Eric Hanson has taught comparative politics (China, Religion and Politics) at Santa Clara University since 1976. He received the university Brutacao Award for excellence in teaching in 1992 and the Arts and Sciences award for teaching excellence in 2003. He chaired the committee that revised the University Core Curriculum, 1992-97. He has also served as department chair for four years and a member of Rank and Tenure Committees for thirteen years. As Alumni Liaison for the Political Science Department, he publishes the yellow journalistic sheet Political Asylum at irregular intervals. He authors the Markkula Ethics Center website Religion, Ethics, and Politics in World Affairs, based on his book Religion and Politics in the International System Today (Cambridge, 2006).

Eric and his wife Kathleen attend most SCU soccer matches. Kathleen teaches and directs the lab for the English as a Second Language Program at San Jose City College. She also directs a free, no advertising ESL site ( with over 750K hits. Their elder daughter Erin (SCU '97) substitute teaches while pursuing an acting career in the LA area. She married Andrew Collins in August 2007.  Their younger daughter Kara, an architect in Palo Alto, married Jonathan Miller in May 2005.

Select Publications:

Catholic Politics in China and Korea (Orbis, 1980)

The Catholic Church in World Politics (Princeton, 1987)

Religion and Politics in the International System Today (Cambridge, 2006)