Professor James Dator

Professor James Dator


Jim Dator is a Professor and Director of the Hawai'i Research Center for Futures Stuides, Department of Political Science, and Adjunct Professor in the Program of Public Administration, the College of Architecture, and the Center for Japanese Studies, of the University of Hawai'i at Mā; Co–Chair, Space and Society Division, International Space University, Strasbourg, France; former President, World Futures Studies Federation; Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science. He also taught at Rikkyo University (Tokyo, for six years), the University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, the University of Toronto, and the InterUniversity Consortium for Postgraduate Studies in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia. He received a BA in Ancient and Medieval History and Philosophy from Stetson University, and MA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from The American University. He did post graduate work at Virginia Theological Seminary (Ethics and Church History), Yale University (Japanese Language), The University of Michigan (Linguistics and Quantitative Methods), Southern Methodist University (Mathematical Applications in Political Science). He is a Danforth Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and Fulbright Fellow. He consults widely on the futures of law, governance, tourism, and space.

Current Research and Writing Projects

Futures of Higher Education (with Ray Yeh, School of Architecture)

The Unholy Trinity Plus One: Transitioning to the World After Tomorrow (learning to survive the end of the world as we know it in Hawai')

Space, Human Dreams, and the Arts (Chapter for a book on space exploration)

Ethical relations between humans and robots (A project with the government of Korea)

Through the initiative of PISCES (Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems) participating with Bob Fox (UH Hilo) and twenty other UH faculty and students from all UH System campuses in the development of the UH Systemwide Certificate in Space Studies

Courses Taught

Introduction to Futures Studies (POLS 171)

Introduction to Futures Studies is an introductory overview to ideas, concerns, theories and methods about the futures. It is offered regularly in three versions, face–to–face; online through the Outreach College, UHM, and online through the Freshman Seminar Program, UHM. The face–to– version satifies both Writing Intensive and Ethical core requirements.

Political Design and Futuristics (POLS 342)

Political Design and Futuristics is an advanced undergraduate futures class focusing on designs of governance systems for a community on Mars in 2050.

Spring 2013 POLS 342 Syllabus [PDF]

Teaching Political Science (POLS 401)

Teaching Political Science is required of undergraduate students who are leaders in the online Freshman Seminar.

Politics of the Futures (POLS 672)

Politics of the Futures is a graduate level introductory course into the major images, theories, and methods of political futures studies.

Futures of Political Systems (POLS 673)

Futures of Political Science is a graduate level introduction to theories and methods of governance design.

Spring 2013 POLS 673 Syllabus [PDF]

Internship (POLS 699)

Internship is a seminar required of all students in the Alternative Futures Graduate Option while they are doing their internship.



Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Hawaiʻi Research Center for Futures Studies