Darin Van Tassell


Dr. Darin H. Van Tassell
Associate Professor

Dr. Van Tassell holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in International Studies from the University of South Carolina and has been a faculty member at Georgia Southern University since 1994.  He has published several articles in academic journals on topics ranging from the practice of U.S. foreign policy to contemporary global economic patterns to the impact of sports on international relations.  He has coauthored (with Patrick Novotny) a book, Listening, Looking, Living: Qualitative Research for Political Science. Van Tassell has been honored on several occasions for his work with students in the classroom: He was named the 2006 Wells-Warren Professor of the Year at Georgia Southern University. In 2004 he was awarded a Governor’s Teaching Fellowship for the Summer Symposium of the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program, and he was Georgia Southern’s nominee for the University System of Georgia’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2002.

He is married, has two boys, and thoroughly enjoys all sports – especially baseball. He served as a commissioner with the International Baseball Federation from 1998 to 2010 and has conducted baseball clinics and coached on every continent, except Antarctica and Australia. Van Tassell has worked and lived in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, China, Spain, the former Soviet Union, Japan, Mexico, Israel, the West Bank, Switzerland, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Greece, Aruba, and Curacao. He served as the competition director for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and as the Technical Commissioner for 2009 Baseball World Classic in Los Angeles and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, the same position he occupied at the 30th Intercontinental Cup in Taiwan in 2006 and at the XXXV World Cup in Havana, Cuba, in 2003.  In 1996, he became the youngest head coach in Olympic history when he served the Nicaraguan Olympic Baseball Team at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, leading the team to the Bronze Medal game against the U.S.  From 1994 to 1999, he was the assistant baseball coach at Georgia Southern, and he played for the Eagles from 1985 to 1989. In September 2007, he served as the tournament director for the European Championships and Olympic Qualifier, held in Barcelona, Spain.

Research and Teaching Interests: international politics, global issues, foreign policy, qualitative research methods, sports and international relations

Selected Publications:

Listening, Looking, Living: Qualitative Research for Political Science (co-authored with Patrick Novotny).  Kendall Hunt Publishing (2013).

“An Overlooked Path to Peace and Stability: Sport, the State, and the Case of the Koreas,” (with Dene’ Terry) in The Olympic Movement and the Sport of Peacekeeping, edited by Ramon Spaaij and Cindy Burleson.  London: Routledge (2012).

“International Studies and the Global Community: Transforming the Agenda.” (with Harry Chernotsky and Heidi Hobbs). In Robert Denemark et. al. (editor), The International Studies Encyclopedia (vol. VII, pp. pp. 4598-4609). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell (2010).

“From the Dugout to the Classroom: Why Good Baseball Coaches Have Much to Offer Good Professors.”  NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, 17(1), 120-127 (2008).

“The Paradox of Ecotourism in Costa Rica: Can Economic Development and Environmental Preservation Co-Exist?” (co-authored with S. Kate Daniel), The Delaware Review of Latin American Studies, volume 8, number 2 (2006).

“Making the World More Relevant for Students: Role-Playing Exercises for the Classroom,” (co-authored with Barry Balleck), Politics and Policy, vol 32, issue 2 (2004).

“Sport and the State: Some Post-Olympic Thoughts on the Implications for Such an Alliance,” International Studies Notes, volume 22, number 3 (1998).

“The Growing Fragmentation of the World Economy,” Political Chronicle, volume 6, number 1:16-25 (1994).

“The Politics of Intervention: The Underlying Causes of United States Military Interventions in Central America,” Journal of Third World Studies, volume 10, number 1:252-305 (1993).

“The Quest for Independence in the Baltic States: Expanding the Notion of Civil Disobedience,” Journal of International and Area Studies, Fall:1-8 (1991).

“The Closing of the Mind or the Opening of the Dialogues? The Often Elusive Pursuit of Truth on Campus,” Southeastern Political Review, volume 28:17-27 (1990).



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