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Union University Department of Political Science

Department of Political Science


Baker and Ryan Join Department

Aug 13, 2010

The Department of Political Science is pleased to welcome two new members to the Department. Dr. Hunter Baker is joining Union as Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences and Associate Professor of Political Science. Baker received his BA from Florida State, his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Georgia, his law degree from the University of Houston, and his Ph.D. in Religion in Politics from Baylor University. He is the author of The End of Secularism, blogs for First Things, The American Spectator, the Acton Institute, and has his own personal bloghere. Before entering academia, Baker worked as the Director of Public Policy for the Georgia Family Council. Most recently, he was Associate Provost at Houston Baptist University. Dr. Baker will be teaching political theory courses this year while Dr. Watson is a James Madison Fellow at Princeton and then will teach courses on politics and religion thereafter.

Gregory Ryan will be joining Union as a Visiting Professor of Political Science and will be teaching courses in International Relations and Comparative Politics. Dr. Ryan received his BA from Lipscomb University, his MA from the University of Alabama, and his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Ryan joined the Navy soon after September 11 and worked in Naval Intelligence for several years. An expert in Chinese politics, Dr. Ryan spent a year teaching English there in the 1990s and recently spent the past 5 months teaching in China. He was also a visiting professor at Middle Tennessee State University for almost two years.

Both Dr. Baker and Ryan both increase the percentage of the department that knows "real football" to be played in the SEC. However, they are forgiven for their support of the University of Alabama and we hope they will be modest the next few years while UT overcomes the end of the Fulmer years and the Kiffin era.