Paul J. Bonicelli, Ph.D.

Paul J. Bonicelli, Ph.D.

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Dr. Bonicelli is a graduate of Regent University's School of Government (MA '87) and has worked since 1988 in politics, government service and academia. His extensive career in politics and government includes a Senate-confirmed presidential appointment (George W. Bush Administration) as Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) Bureau of Latin America and the Caribbean; and an appointment as Deputy Assistant Administrator of USAID's Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance. During his time in the Bush Administration he was tapped to play a leading role in the reform of the US foreign assistance budget.

Previous government service includes serving as a professional staff member on the U.S. House of Representatives International Relations Committee (now the House Foreign Affairs Committee) and serving two terms as a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly.

Dr. Bonicelli remains active in policy and political circles as a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and as a foreign policy advisor to presidential campaigns. He serves on the boards of two organizations, one that trains political candidates and activists, and another that serves clients in the United States and abroad in the field of campaign technology. He writes regularly for Foreign Policy magazine (, and The Federalist (, and gives radio and television interviews on foreign policy and politics.

Dr. Bonicelli's previous academic work includes serving as provost and professor of government at Houston Baptist University. He joined Patrick Henry College at its inception and served several years as dean of academic affairs and chairman of the Department of Government. He began his academic career as an assistant professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania.

In addition to his degree from Regent, Dr. Bonicelli earned a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Memphis.

Fields of Expertise:

  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Development and Democratization