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Dr. John Copp

History, Political Science Instructor
Department Chair

jcopp@cgcc.edu, (541) 506-6000, ext. 7181

Background

John is the current chairman of the Social Sciences department here at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC). He has a Ph.D. in Political Science (Comparative Politics) from Columbia University in New York City. He has two master’s degrees—one in Political Science from Columbia and one in Russian History from Portland State University. In addition, he has a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Astrophysics from Michigan State University.

John has taught history and political science for more than 20 years in New York City and at various colleges in the northwest. He teaches a variety of history, political science classes (including ones on terrorism, revolutions, and other forms of political violence) as well as classes on histories of various parts of the world including Mexico, Middle East, and Russia. 

John has extensive experience as a consultant and guest lecturer on Soviet Affairs, Politics and History. He has taught for CGCC for the past ten years, and is a current Instructional Council member.

Education

Columbia University

Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, 1992
Master of Philosophy in Political Science, 1989

Portland State University

Master of Arts in History, 1982

Michigan State University

Bachelor of Science in History and Astrophysics, 1978

Certification

W. Averell Harriman Institute

Certificate for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union, 1988