Elizabeth Crump Hanson

Professor Emerita

Political Science

Interests: International Relations, International Political Economy, International Communication, and South Asia

Elizabeth C. Hanson’s  publications have covered a wide range of subjects in international relations, including the foreign policy beliefs of American businessmen, national policies with respect to foreign direct investment, the role of conferences in international scientific communication, and the impact of new information and communication technologies on world politics.   She has served as Vice-President of the International Studies Association and as Chair of the Communication Sections of the International Studies Association, the American Political Science Association and the International Political Science Association. She has been a Research Fellow at the Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, and she has received two Fulbright Awards to India. She has served as Director of the India Studies Program at UConn since 2004.


  • 2008 International Studies Association Distinguished Scholar Award in International Communication
  • 2005 Provost’s Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award
  • 2004 UConn Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Undergraduate Level


  • The Information Revolution and World Politics. Lanham, MD.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008.
  • Science, Politics, and International Conferences: A Functional Analysis of the Moscow Political Science Congress (with Richard L. Merritt). Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner, 1989.
  • Multinationals in Contention: Responses at the Governmental and Intergovernmental Levels (with Robert Black and Stephen Blank). New York: The Conference Board, 1978.
  • Interest and Ideology: The Foreign Policy Beliefs of American Businessmen (with Bruce M. Russett). San Francisco: W.H. Freeman, 1975).

Selected Journal Publications and Book Chapters

  • Li, Li, Xuefei Chen and Elizabeth C. Hanson.  2019.  Private Think Tanks and Public-Private Partnerships in Chinese Public diplomacy.  Hague Journal of Diplomacy 14, 3:  pp. 293-318
  • Hanson, Elizabeth C. 2020. “A History of International Communication Studies.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190846626.013.63
  • Hanson, Elizabeth C. 2010. “A History of International Communication Studies.” In Robert Denemark, ed.  The International Studies Encyclopedia.  Oxford:  Wiley-Blackwell, vol 6:  pp. 3396-3417
  • Hanson, Elizabeth C. and Yu Zheng.  2010“Foreign Direct Investment in Chindia’s Digital Media.”  Global Media and Communication. Vol. 6. No 3:  1-9
  • “India in the Information Age,” Indian Journal of Politics and International Relations
  • “Globalization, Inequality, and the Internet in India.” In Jason P. Abbot, ed., The Political Economy of the Internet in Asia and the Pacific. Westport, CT.: Praeger.
  • “The Media, Foreign Policymaking, and Political Conflict. Mershon Review of International Studies 42, 2 (May 1998).
  • “Framing the World News: The Times of India in Changing Times,” Political Communication 12, 4 (October-December 1995): 371-393.
  • “The Global Media System and International Relations.” In Kanti Bajpai and H.Sukel, eds., Interpreting World Politics . Thousand Oaks, CA.: Sage Publications, 1995.
  • “Public Opinion and Policy Choices in United States Relations with India.” In Sumit Ganguly and Harold Gould, eds., The Hope and the Reality: Indo-U.S. Relations From Roosevelt to Reagan . Boulder, Co.: Westview Press, 1991.
  • “William T.R. Fox and the Study of World Politics.” Journal of International Affairs 43,3 (Spring 1990): 1-20. Special issue on “Theory, Value and Practice in International Relations” Also published in Robert L. Rothstein, ed., The Evolution of Theory in International Relations. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1991.
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