Professor Gordon Bennett
April 1, 1940 - May 11, 2007
Posted: May 15, 2007
Bennett had taught at the University since 1971. A native of Baltimore, MD., he received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1973. Bennett was a specialist on the politics of China and Japan. He regularly taught courses on Politics in China, East Asian International Relations, Authoritarian Regimes, and Theories of Revolution. He also taught courses on environmental politics. Bennett was the author of Huadong: The Story of A Chinese People's Commune, China's Finance and Trade, Yundong: Mass Campaigns in Chinese Communist Leadership, and Red Guard: The Political Biography of Dai Sia-Ai (published in English, French, and Japanese editions).
Bennett was active in the University and Austin communities. He participated actively in the Center for Asian Studies where he had served as undergraduate adviser. He served as undergraduate adviser, graduate adviser, and assistant chair of the Department of Government. He was a member of the City of Austin Airport Advisory Board from 1989-92, on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on US-China Relations (1976-94) and was the President of the Cherrywood Neighborhood Association (1987-96). Bennett was in the first year of a three-year phased retirement at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Karen, and his two daughters, Meaghan and Claire.