Mark A. Roeder, PhDAssociate Professor of Political Science
Unit: Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
Location: Tigerville, SC
"Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God." Romans 13:1
Teaching & Education
You will learn with me when taking courses in Introduction to Political Science and introductory courses on American National Government, International Relations, and Comparative Politics. I primarily teach upper level International Relations courses including American Foreign Policy and International Law & Organizations, as well as upper level courses in American political behavior. I also teach Public Policy and Research Methods and have taught courses in Congress, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court.
- B.A. double major in Communication Arts and Political Science, Cedarville University
- M.A. International Affairs, University of Dayton
- M.A. Political Science, University of Cincinnati
- Ph.D. Political Science, University of Cincinnati
My experience includes various roles in numerous campaigns in Ohio in the late 1980s on into the 1990s. I have taught at the collegiate level for over 15 years in Ohio, Northern Kentucky, Virginia, and South Carolina.
Book Review: The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-Religious Right America. By Jim Wallis. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2008. 336 pp. $ 25.95 paper J. of Church and State (2008) 50 (4): 737-739 doi:10.1093/jcs/50.4.737.
- 2013 – 10 Year Recognition of Service. North Greenville University
- 2018 – 5 Year Recognition of Service. North Greenville University
- 2017 – Certificate of Scholarship. North Greenville University
- 2002-2003 – University of Cincinnati Taft Dissertation Fellowship
- 1999 – Induction to Pi Sigma Alpha, University of Cincinnati Pi Beta chapter (Vice-President, 1999-2001)
- 1998-2001 – Graduate Assistantship, University of Cincinnati, Political Science Department
- 1997-98 – University Graduate Scholarship, University of Cincinnati
- 1994-96 – Graduate Assistantship, University of Dayton, Political Science Department
- 1993 – Graduation with honors, Cedarville University
I have long had an interest in and love for history, law, and government. During my undergraduate years I considered going to law school in order to become a constitutional lawyer to defend religious liberties. However, during my senior year I sensed the Lord changing my direction. I noticed that few, conservative evangelical colleges and universities offered majors in political science. I wondered how we as Christians could train young Christian men and women to impact law and government for the cause of Christ if our Christian universities weren’t offering political science as a major. I sensed God calling me to pursue a PhD in political science instead of going to law school. Rather than be one individual seeking to impact law and government for Christ, I could train multiple individuals to make such an impact. I was fortunate to be able to gain experience teaching at a Christian college in northern Virginia that was focused on such a mission. I then had the opportunity to come to North Greenville University to help develop a political science program. We have that program now and I am blessed to be able to instruct our majors in making a difference for Christ in law and government.
Favorite Course to Teach:
Choosing a single favorite course to teach is difficult. I would say it is a toss- up between Public Opinion and American Foreign Policy. I am interested in political behavior and understanding how people acquire their political beliefs and what those beliefs are is intriguing. I also want students to be good consumers of public opinion polls, which can easily be manipulated. I also took numerous courses in foreign policy in graduate school and it is a subject that I have keen interest in and like to instill that interest in students.
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