Assistant Professor, National Security Affairs
US Naval Postgraduate School
Sophal Ear is Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval Postgraduate School where he teaches courses on political economy and post-conflict reconstruction. He is a TED Fellow (2009), Fulbright Specialist (Chulalongkorn University, 2010), Council on Foreign Relations Term Member (2011) and Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar (2012). Ear is also Vice-Chairman and Vice-President of the Diagnostic Microbiology Development Program, a non-profit that builds laboratory capacity in the developing world. He advises the Master of Development Studies Program at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, and serves on the Boards of the International Public Management Journal and Journal of South-East Asian American Education & Advancement. His books, Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy and The Hungry Dragon: How China's Quest for Resources Is Reshaping the World, are forthcoming. Previously, he worked for the World Bank and the United Nations. A graduate of Princeton and Berkeley, he moved to the United States from France as a Cambodian refugee at the age of 10.