Rupert Emerson (August 20, 1899, in Rye, NY – February 9, 1979, in
Cambridge, MA) was a professor of political science and international
relations. He served on the faculty of
Harvard University for
forty-three years and served in various U.S government positions.
After serving in the U.S. Navy from 1917–18, he received a B.A. from
Harvard University in 1922, then a Ph.D. at the London School of
Economics in 1927. He was a member of the American Political Science
Association for Asian Studies (president, 1952–53),
African Studies Association  (president, 1965–66), the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Council on Foreign
Emerson was on the faculty of
Harvard University from 1927 until his
retirement in 1970. A specialist on nationalism in Asia and Africa, he
often guest lectured at universities in East Africa. He was an
instructor at Harvard from 1927–31; assistant professor, 1931–38;
associate professor of political science, 1938–46; professor of
international relations, 1946–70; emeritus professor of political
science, 1970-79. He was a lecturer at Yale University, 1937–38; a
visiting professor of political science at University of California,
Berkeley, 1953–54, and 1973, at University of California, Los
Angeles, 1965–71, and at the American University in Cairo, 1972.
He served in various U.S. government posts in Washington, DC, 1941-46.
He served as a constitutional advisor to the Korean government in
1962. He also served as a trustee of the Institute of Pacific
Guggenheim Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 1953-54.
Ford Foundation grant, Africa, 1960-61.
His parents were William Key Bond and Maria Holmes (Furman) Emerson.
He married Alla Julievna Grosjean on September 14, 1925; they had 4
children: William Key Bond Emerson, Nina Ule Emerson, Natasha Maria
Emerson, Rupert Allan Emerson.
Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2008. Reproduced in Biography
Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2008.
Emerson, R. Papers of Rupert Emerson, ca. 1960-ca. 1970
Emerson, R. (1928). State and sovereignty in modern Germany. New
Yale University press; H. Milford, Oxford University
Emerson, R. (1937). Malaysia: A study in direct and indirect rule. New
York: The Macmillan Company.
Emerson, R. (1942). The Netherlands Indies and the United States.
Boston: World peace foundation,.
Emerson, R. (1949). America's Pacific dependencies: A survey of
American colonial policies and of administration and progress toward
self-rule in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Samoa and the Trust Territory. New
York: American Institute of Pacific Relations.
Emerson, R. (1955). Representative government in southeast Asia.
Harvard University Press.
Emerson, R. (1960). From empire to nation: The rise to self-assertion
of Asian and African peoples. Cambridge:
Harvard University Press.
Emerson, R. (1963). Nation building in Africa. In K. W. Deutsch (Ed.),
Nation Building (pp. 95–116).
Emerson, R. (1963). Political modernization: The single-party system.
Denver: Social Science Foundation University of Denver.
Emerson, R. (1964). Self-determination revisited in the era of
decolonization. Cambridge, MA: Center for International Affairs,
Emerson, R. (1964). Nationalism and political development. In J. H.
Hallowell (Ed.), Development for what? (pp. 3–33). Durham,
N.C.: Published for the Lilly Endowment Research Program in
Christianity and Politics by the Duke University Press.
Emerson, R. (1937). Malaysia: A study in direct and indirect rule.
Kuala Lumpur: University of Malaya Press sole distributors University
of Malaya Cooperative Bookshop.
Emerson, R. (1966). Parties and national integration in Africa. In J.
G. LaPalombara (Ed.), Political parties and political development
Emerson, R. (1967). Africa and United States policy. Englewood Cliffs,
Emerson, R. (1971). Reflections on leadership in the third world. In
Essays on modernization of underdeveloped societies (Vol. 2,
pp. 540–556). Bombay.
Emerson, R. (1979). State and sovereignty in modern Germany. Westport,
CT: Hyperion Press.
Emerson, R. ([1963?]). Political modernization: The single-party
system. Denver: Social Science Foundation, University of Denver.
Emerson, R., & Kilson, M. (1965). The political awakening of
Africa. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall.
Emerson, R., Mills, L. A., & Thompson, V. M. (1942). Government
and nationalism in southeast Asia. New York: International
Secretariat, Institute of Pacific Relations.
Padelford, N. J., & Emerson, R. (1963). Africa and world order.
New York: Praeger.
Young, C., Young, H. E., & Emerson, R. (1999). The accommodation
of cultural diversity: Case studies. Basingstoke, New York: Macmillan,
St. Martin's Press.
Presidents of the Association for Asian Studies
Arthur W. Hummel Sr.
Arthur W. Hummel Sr. (1948)
Charles S. Gardner (1949)
Harold S. Quigley (1950)
Robert B. Hall (1951)
Rupert Emerson (1952)
Felix M. Keesing (1953)
Kenneth Scott Latourette
Kenneth Scott Latourette (1954)
Edwin O. Reischauer
Edwin O. Reischauer (1955)
L. Carrington Goodrich (1956)
Hugh Borton (1957)
John K. Fairbank (1958)
George B. Cressey
George B. Cressey (1959)
W. Norman Brown (1960)
Lauriston Sharp (1961)
Earl H. Pritchard (1962)
William W. Lockwood (1963)
Arthur F. Wright (1964)
Knight Biggerstaff (1965)
Karl J. Pelzer (1966)
John Whitney Hall (1967)
Holden Furber (1968)
Wm. Theodore de Bary
Wm. Theodore de Bary (1969)
Cora DuBois (1970)
C. Martin Wilbur (1971)
Robert E. Ward (1972)
George T. Kahin
George T. Kahin (1973)
Richard D. Lambert (1974)
Ping-ti Ho (1975)
Marius B. Jansen (1976)
John M. Echols (1977)
Richard L. Park (1978)
Benjamin I. Schwartz (1979)
Eleanor Jorden (1980)
Paul Wheatley (1981)
Ainslie T. Embree (1982)
G. William Skinner (1983)
James William Morley (1984)
Frank H. Golay (1985)
Susanne Hoeber Rudolph (1986)
Rhoads Murphey (1987)
Robert J. Smith (1988)
Stanley J. Tambiah (1989)
Barbara Stoler Miller (1990)
Albert Feuerwerker (1991)
Tetsuo Najita (1992)
David K. Wyatt
David K. Wyatt (1993)
Barbara Daly Metcalf (1994)
Evelyn Sakakida Rawski (1995)
Carol Gluck (1996)
James Scott (1997)
Wendy Doniger (1998)
Susan L. Mann (1999)
Peter Duus (2000)
Charles F. Keyes (2001)
David Ludden (2002)
James L. Watson (2003)
Mary Elizabeth Berry (2004)
Barbara Watson Andaya (2005)
Anand Yang (2006)
Elizabeth J. Perry (2007)
Robert Buswell (2008)
Robert W. Hefner (2009)
K. Sivaramakrishnan (2010)
Gail Hershatter (2011)
Ted Bestor (2012)
Thongchai Winichakul (2013)
Mrinalini Sinha (2014)
Timothy Brook (2015)
Laurel Kendall (2016)
Katherine Bowie (2017)
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