- B.A., University of Southern California, 1991
- M.S., University of London, 1992
- M.Phil., Columbia University, 1997
- Ph.D, Columbia University, 2002
Professor Oros is a specialist on the international and comparative politics of East Asia and the advanced industrial democracies, with an emphasis on contending approaches to managing security and on the linkage between domestic and international politics. He is the author of Normalizing Japan: Politics, Identity, and the Evolution of Security Practice (Stanford University Press, 2008), co-author of Global Security Watch: Japan (Praeger Press, 2010), and the co-editor of and contributor to Japan’s New Defense Establishment: Institutions, Capabilities, and Implications (Stimson Center, 2007), Can Japan Come Back? (Pacific Council, 2003), and Culture in World Politics (Macmillan Press, 1998). He also has shared his research in over a dozen scholarly articles and newspaper opinion pieces, numerous mass-media quotations in publications like The New York Times and Time magazine, and lectures to policymakers in Washington DC, Tokyo, Beijing, Berlin, and elsewhere.
At Washington College, Professor Oros offers a number of courses related to East Asia and American foreign policy in addition to an introductory course on world politics and the senior-level international studies seminar. In Spring 2012 his course on Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy received a Washington College Curricular Innovation Grant and support from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership to take 18 students to Japan for the one-year commemoration of the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami. Prior to coming to Washington College, he taught courses at George Washington, American, and Columbia universities.
Professor Oros was on academic leave in Fall 2010 to pursue research on prospects for China-Japan-US trilateral security cooperation under a Japan Foundation Abe fellowship, named after former Japanese foreign minister Shintaro Abe. Under the fellowship, he spent three months each based at Peking University in Beijing, China and Keio University in Tokyo, Japan in the summer and fall of 2010, with follow up visits to each location in the summer of 2011. He is currently writing up his findings as a series of articles and ultimately a new book on this subject, including over a scheduled sabbatical leave from January - August 2014.
A Southern California native, Prof. Oros also has studied at three universities in Japan – Nanzan University in Nagoya (1987-88), Osaka University of Foreign Studies (1989-90), and the University of Tokyo (1997-99) – and was an invited research fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies in Tokyo in the summer of 2009. Prior to earning his Ph.D, he worked as the editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies and as a studies associate for the Pacific Council on International Policy, the western partner of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. In his spare time, Professor Oros enjoys swimming, biking, kayaking, tennis, and traveling. A selection of travel photos over his time at Washington College are linked to his website.