Professor Zagorski came to Pittsburg State University (then Kansas State College of Pittsburg) in the fall of 1975 after teaching in the College of Idaho. He was originally hired to teach philosophy and political philosophy, but as staffing in the department changed, he began teaching an array of courses in comparative politics and international relations. During his retooling he developed a specialization in Latin American civil-military relations.
Professor Zagorski believes that teaching the liberal arts (and politics specifically) is not about teaching students what to think but how to think. Thus, his courses stress the mastery of basic concepts and information essential to critical thinking. His love of travel and experience in the armed forces have helped shape both his research and teaching.
Education and Certifications
Ph.D. Government, Claremont Graduate University (1975)
MA Government, Claremont Graduate University (1973)
AB Political Science, Marquette University (1968)
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Latin American Politics
Politics and War in the Middle East
Interests, Publications and Presentations
Comparative Politics: Continuity and Breakdown in the Contemporary Word. New York and London: Routledge, 2009.
Democracy versus National Security: Civil-Military Relations in Latin America. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1992.
“Terrorism: Separating the (Star)Fish from the Sea,” (co-author Steven Harmon), Freedom from Fear. November 2009, 4-6. Published by the Max Plank Institute
“Combating Terrorism While Safeguarding the Rule of Law: How the War Paradigm Leads Us
Astray.” Peace Forum, 20, 1 (2006), 79-107.
“Democratic Breakdown in Paraguay and Venezuela: The Shape of Things to Come in Latin
America?” Armed Forces and Society 30, 1 (Fall 2003), 87-116.
Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011 (4th Edition).
Other Professional Experience
Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) United States Army Reserve, Foreign Area Officer (