Before becoming Interim Dean, Dr. Cooper Drury served as Senior Associate Dean for five years and 2016 and as Chair of the Department of Political Science for three years.
He has also served in numerous leadership roles on campus, including:
- Co-chair of the 2017-2018 Task Force on Academic Program Analysis, Enhancement, and Opportunities
- Chair of the Ad-Hoc Faculty Committee on Title IX
- Chair’s Council Leader
- MU Faculty Council
- UM Intercampus Faculty Council
Dr. Drury earned his BA and MA from Michigan State University and his PhD from Arizona State University. His primary research and teaching interests focus on foreign policy. Specifically, he studies the causes, outcomes, and consequences of economic sanctions.
Professor Drury has authored or co-authored two books, an award-winning textbook, and more than two dozen articles and chapters.
A committed teacher, Professor Drury has trained 25 doctoral students and has been awarded multiple teaching and mentorship awards. In his field, Professor Drury served as editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy Analysis, as the 2016 International Studies Association program co-chair, was awarded the Foreign Policy Analysis Distinguished Scholar Award, Quincy Wright Distinguished Scholar Award, and the Ladd Hollist Service Award. At the University of Missouri, he has served as department chair, on the faculty council and intercampus faculty council, and led numerous campus and system-level committees.