Thomas Lairson a Professor of Political Science, the Gelbman Professor of International Business, and Director of International Studies Center at Rollins College. He teaches courses in Asian Business, Global E-Business, and Asian political economy. Dr. Lairson received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky. He also holds a Bachelor in Science (BS) in Economics from the University of Kentucky. He is particularly interested in technology and Asian business environments. In addition, Dr. Lairson was the first Ford Foundation Professor of International Relations at the Institute for International Relations in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Dr. Lairson has spent significant time abroad, especially in Asia. In particular, he has taken research trips to Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom. He has also conducted several field studies for Rollins students to destinations such as Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore. In addition, Dr. Lairson was a Vietnam Ford Foundation Professor.