Dr. Totten entered Columbia University from the
Choate School in 1940. At Columbia he studied Architecture and Chinese.
His studies were interrupted by entry into the US Army in 1942. Dr. Totten
studies intensive a Japanese and served in Millitary Intelligence as a
language officer in Southeast Asia and during the occupation of Japan.
Dr. Totten received his Ph.D. from Yale
After teaching and research on the East Coast, Dr. Totten joined the faculty at the University of Southern California in 1965. He became the Director of the East Asian Studies Center and Chair of Political Science. He spent several years at Stockholm University and became the first Director of the Center for Pacific Asia Studies. Dr. Totten became Emeritus in 1992 and became Senior Affiliated Scholar at the Center for Multiethnic and Transnational Studies. He has written, co-authored, edited, co-edited, translated or co-translated some thirty-five books and published over seventy journal articles on themes related to East Asian politics in Japan, Korean and China.