Retiring Faculty Member Doug Durasoff

Professor of Political Science Doug Durasoff wrapped a lifelong interest in global affairs — which stemmed from reading Time magazine as a small child — around a mathematics degree from Michigan State, then headed immediately to Yale for a doctorate in political science.

After a stint at Oral Roberts University — which his father had a direct hand in helping to found — Doug made his way to SPU. As chair of the department for nine years, he was instrumental in guiding the program from a handful of majors in the late 1980s to some 180 majors and intended majors today.

Doug’s interests are wide and varied. In addition to degrees in mathematics and political science, his abiding passions include Russian studies, economics, conflict resolution, and social science methodologies, all of which he taught at SPU. He is a recognized scholar in the field of comparative politics, and he has taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington.

In addition to his intellectual gifts, Doug has musical talents as well. He has sung with Yale’s prestigious Russian Chorus and for the Seattle Symphony. He currently sings with George Shangrow’s ensemble, Orchestra Seattle Chamber Singers.

Doug’s Christian commitment is the source of his dedication to social justice. Indeed, his love for his Lord shines through in everything he does for his students and colleagues. And that may well be his greatest academic legacy.

Finally, mention must be made of Doug’s remarkable athletic abilities, especially by those of us who have suffered from them. Somewhere between the music and the mathematics, Doug has developed an absolutely ferocious golf game!

All the best, Professor Doug Durasoff!

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010