Assistant Professor of Political Science
Office: SBGE Center House, 2nd floor south
Education: BA/MA, Emory University, 2000; MSc, London School of Economics, 2002; MA, University of Washington; PhD, University of Washington, 2015. At SPU since 2015.
Bradley J. Murg teaches as an assistant professor of political science and Asian studies and serves as director of the program in Global Development Studies. He was named by Seattle Pacific students as the 2017 Professor of the Year.
Dr. Murg’s research, supported by grants from the Social Science Research Council and the International Research and Exchanges Board, focuses on legal reform, the political economy of foreign aid, and economic development in China and the former Soviet Union. He works regularly as a consultant/adviser to the Asian Development Bank on development issues in East Asia. In addition to these areas, Dr. Murg is an active member of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and he is currently working on a series of articles exploring the conceptualization of poverty in contemporary Catholic social thought. Dr. Murg is also an affiliate faculty member of the Ellison Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington.
Dr. Murg graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University where he also completed his master’s degree, focusing on the moral philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. He also holds an M.Sc. in Economic History from the London School of Economics. Dr. Murg’s doctoral dissertation at the University of Washington focused on legal reform and economic development in China, Russia, and Kazakhstan. He is fluent in French, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese with proficiency in German, Dutch, Uighur, Tagalog, and Latin.
Dr. Murg serves as an adviser for the "Le Forum des Idées pour le Québec" in Montreal, Canada where he is also a member of the scientific committee of the Chaire Leopold Senghor at the University of Quebec. He also holds appointments as Distinguished Fellow at the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Senior Research Fellow at the Cambodia Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP); Director of Research at Future Forum; and Visiting Professor at Paragon International University. Brad is also editor of CICP's recently launched Journal of Greater Mekong Studies, supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of State.
When not on campus, he is generally found indulging his passion for kayaking off of his houseboat on Lake Union or adding to the list of the 83 countries he has visited — most recently, Cuba. Brad attends the Roman Catholic, North American Martyrs parish, a Latin Mass community.