Dr. Drinan joined the USD faculty in 1981. He has served as chair of the Department from 1981-1989 and also as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1989-2006. He currently is on phased retirement and teaches only in Fall semesters, usually a class in international relations. His most recent research and publications have been on public policy issues in higher education, especially management of academic integrity issues. Dr. Drinan has received a lifetime achievement award from the international Center for Academic Integrity for his work on academic integrity.
Dr. Drinan received his B.A. in Political Science from Loras College and his M.A. in Foreign Affairs and a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Virginia.
Scholarly and Creative Work
Professor Drinan has published on US foreign policy toward the Soviet Union. His Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Virginia was on Zinoviev and the Soviet NEP period. His 2009 book, co-authored with Tricia Bertram Gallant and Steve Davis, is on academic integrity, student teaching, and corruption in education; it is published by Wiley-Blackwell press.
Professor Drinan has most recently taught introductory courses in international relations and graduate-level courses in theories of international relations and political ideology.