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Karl J. Fields (born in 1950s) is a professor of Politics and Government at the University of Puget Sound.
Fields speciality is east Asian politics especially in relation to economics. His first book Enterprise and the State in Korea and Taiwan (Cornell University Press, 1995) was about the inter-relations of government and business in East Asian economic growth. He also co-authored the textbook Cases in Comparative Politics (Norton, 2009).
Fields joined the faculty of the University of Puget Sound in 1990. For a time he served as director of the Asian Studies program at that institution. He is currently working on a book on party capitalism.
He was recognized as professor of the year in Washington State by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. From 2000 to 2004 he was the director of the University of Puget Sound department of politics and government.