• Sophal Ear, Ph.D.

  • Educator

  • Author

  • Speaker

  • Filmmaker

Sophal Ear, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California

I am an expert in international political economy, security, and development. Published topics include but are not limited to China’s global resource strategy (Angola, Brazil, and Cambodia), transitional justice and the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, the politics of emerging infectious diseases (Avian Influenza in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, and Swine Flu in the US and Mexico) surveillance, the political economy of aid, growth, and governance globally and Cambodia in particular.

— Sophal Ear, Ph.D. —

I have been published in or spoken at:

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Educational Background

I earned my Ph.D. in the Department of Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2006, and spent the academic year 2006-07 as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. I also have three master’s degrees: a Master of Science in Agricultural and Resource Economics, a Master of Arts in Political Science (both from UC Berkeley) and a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. My Bachelor of Arts degree, also from UC Berkeley, was in Economics and Political Science.

  • Heroes such as Ear, desperately trying to make people understand that the culprits of Cambodia’s genocide have not been tried…

    — Alvaro Vargas Llosa —
  • Among many riveting presentations was one by a survivor of the Cambodian genocide, Sophal Ear.

    — Claudia Rosett —
  • I want to try to express my thanks to you for presenting such a dynamic and eloquent … presentation, A Refugee’s Journey, at the dinner for the 2011 Multicultural-Historically Black Institution Visitation program.

    — Dwight E. Lewis, PhD, Director, Multicultural Programs, Purdue University —


Books I've Written


If she fails, we’re all headed to the gallows. If she passes, we can leave to Vietnam.

— Sophal Ear, PhD, at TED2009 —




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