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About Dr. Rob Dayley


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(208) 459-5333
Strahorn Hall, 102


The political economy of the Asia-Pacific region

Personal Statement

Dr. Robert Dayley is a professor of International Political Economy and Asian Studies at The College of Idaho where he began in 2000. Before arriving in Idaho he taught at Davidson College, St. Lawrence University, and Oglethorpe University. He has spent over four years Asia including two Fulbright research grants to Thailand as well as teaching stints at Payap University (Chiang Mai) and China Agricultural University (Beijing). Author of Southeast Asia in the New International Era, seventh edition (Westview Press, 2016), a widely-used text in Asian Studies courses, Dayley’s published research focuses on comparative political economy of Southeast Asia and agrarian change in Thailand.

Dayley has led College of Idaho students on ten off-campus courses to Southeast Asia and China. He advises The College of Idaho’s Model UN program and supervises its Davis Project for Peace grantees. He was one of the chief architects of The College of Idaho’s distinctive PEAK curriculum. From 2013-2016, Dayley served on the national board of ASIANetwork, a consortium of 170 liberal arts colleges in the United States. In 2011, he was named by the Carnegie Foundation and Council for Advancement and Support of Education as Idaho Professor of the Year. He holds a Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University, an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Oregon, and a B.A in Political Science from Weber State University.


  • Ph. D., Northern Illinois University
  • M. A., University of Oregon
  • B.A., Weber State University