Faculty & Staff Directory
Department of Political Science
University of South Carolina
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Dr. Roger Coate is Paul D. Coverdell Professor of Public Policy at Georgia College & State University and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science and former Director of the Richard L. Walker Institute of International Studies at the University of South Carolina. He joined the faculty at GCSU in January 2009 after having taught at USC since 1981 and before that at Arizona State University for four years. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University and holds a M.A. from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Professor Coate's research and teaching interests focus on public policy related to multilateral relations, international organization and global governance. His specific areas of expertise and research interests include: leadership and the role of emerging powers in the UN system, international organization reform, international administration and development, the role of civil society in global governance, nonprofit management, public-private partnerships, and U.S. multilateral foreign policy. He is author or co-author of more than a dozen books and monographs, including: Identity Politics in an Age of Globalization; United Nations Politics: Responding to a Challenging World; The United Nations and Changing World Politics; International Cooperation in Response to AIDS; United States Policy and the Future of the United Nations; and Unilateralism, Ideology and United States Foreign Policy: The U.S. In and Out of UNESCO.
Coate has served as: staff consultant to the U.S. Secretary of State’s Monitoring Panel on UNESCO; a member of the U.S. Delegation to the 31st UNESCO General Conference; advisor to the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State; a member of U.S. National Academy of Science’s Board of International Scientific Organizations; a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Panel on Housing Rights; and United Nations Fellow at the UN Centre for Human Rights. He currently serves as Vice Chair and Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), From 1998 to 2006, he directed the United Nations University’s transnational research and professional development program, “Creating Effective Partnerships for Human Security,” in partnership with the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General, ACUNS, the Central European University, and other partners.
Among his other activities, Coate has served as: member of U.S. National Academy of Science’s Board of International Scientific Organizations; member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Panel on Housing Rights; United Nations Fellow at the UN Centre for Human Rights; staff consultant to the U.S. Secretary of State’s Monitoring Panel on UNESCO; member of the U.S. Delegation to the 31st UNESCO General Conference in Paris; and advisor to the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State.
Coate has been recipient of numerous awards and honors, including: the 2009 Ladd Hollist Award for Outstanding Service to the International Studies Association; The Medal of Honor with Cravat from the Veterans Affairs Commission of the Republic of China in 2003; “Best New Journal in the United States in 1996 in Business, the Social Sciences, and the Humanities” from the Association of American Publishers for his work as founding editor of Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations; National President of Sigma Iota Rho, The International Studies Honor Society; The Charles Knowlton Law and Humanities/Social Sciences Research Award; Mortar Board's Excellence in Teaching Award; the NADA Ambassador of Global Learning Award; and the College of Liberal Arts Dean's Teaching Circle.