Over my 30 years at Furman, my primary focus has been helping students understand a bit more fully the interesting political, economic, and cultural characteristics of the two closest neighbors to the United States: Canada and Mexico, and how each of these three neighbors interact with each other and with the broader international environment.

I am a former Chair of the Political Science Department, as well a former Coordinator of the Latin American Studies Interdisciplinary Minor.

I am a strong supporter of Furman's emphasis on experiential learning, particularly with respect to its extensive array of study away programs, each of which afford students excellent opportunities to observe and learn about the world first-hand.

Syllabi

Name Title Description

PSC-102

Introduction to World Politics

Examination of similarities and differences between the institutions, processes and policies of selected nations, in the context of globalization and the evolution of international politics.

PSC-150

Intro to Political Analysis

The methodology of contemporary political science, including research techniques for studying political behavior.

PSC-230

Politics of Latin America

Emphasis on the institutions, processes and policies through which Latin American countries attempt to accommodate the forces of tradition and of political, economic and social change.

PSC-252

American Foreign Policy

Emphasis on the nature of U.S. national interests, major foreign policy actors and institutions, and principal modes and patterns of decision-making. American foreign policy toward selected allies and adversaries is also considered.

  • "Caribbean Chronicle." Furman Magazine. 44 (Fall 2002): 2-9.
  • "International Relations," pp. 169-195 in Richard S. Hillman, ed. (2001).Understanding Contemporary Latin America, 2nd ed. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.
  • "Does Religion Matter?: Christianity and Public Support for the European Union." European Union Politics. 2 (June 2001): 191-217. (co-authored with Brent F. Nelsen and James L. Guth)
  • "Religion and Partisanship in Canada." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.
    40 (March 2001): 51-64. (co-authored with James L. Guth)
  • "Latin America-EU Relations," pp. 321-324 in Desmond Dinan, ed. (1998).
    Encyclopedia of the European Union. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.
  • "International Relations," pp. 151-176 in Richard S. Hillman, ed. (1997).Understanding Contemporary Latin America. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner
  • "Reclaiming Zion: How American Religious Groups View the Middle East."
    Israel Affairs. 2 (Spring/Summer 1996): 147-168. Also reprinted in Gabriel
    Sheffer, ed. (1997) U.S.-Israeli Relations at the Crossroads. London: Frank Cass. (co-authored with Kenneth D. Wald, James L. Guth, John C. Green, Corwin E. Smidt, and Lyman A. Kellstedt)
  • "Religion and Foreign Policy Attitudes: The Case of Christian Zionism," pp. 330-360 in John C. Green, James L. Guth, Lyman A. Kellstedt, and Corwin E.Smidt, eds. (1996) Religion and the Culture Wars: Dispatches from the Field. Lanham MD and London: Rowman and Littlefield. (co-authored with James L. Guth, John C. Green, Lyman A Kellstedt, and Corwin E. Smidt)
  • "Apostles and Apostates? Politics Among Party Activists," pp. 113-136, in James L. Guth, and John C. Green, eds. (1991). The Bible and The Ballot Box: Religion and Politics in the 1988 Election. Boulder CO: Westview. (co-authored with John C. Green and James L. Guth)
  • Blowing in the Wind: The Prospects for Utility Adoption of Wind Energy Systems. Indianapolis: The Institute of Ecology, 1981. (co-authored with H. Paul Friesema and Janice A. Beecher)
      Education
      Ph.D.
      Northwestern University
      M.A.
      University of Toronto
      B.A.
      University of Arizona

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