BonicelliPaul J. Bonicelli, Ph.D.


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 includes a presidential appointment (with Senate confirmation) as Assistant Administrator for 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. He also served two terms as an official delegate to the United Nations General Assembly. He writes regularly for,, and gives radio and television interviews on foreign policy and politics.

Prior to joining Regent, Bonicelli served as provost and professor of government at Houston Baptist University, where he was responsible for policies and personnel relating to academics, information technology services, institutional research and effectiveness, compliance, student life, spiritual life, and the campus police force.

Bonicelli joined Patrick Henry College at its inception and served several years as dean of academic affairs and chairman of the Department of Government. He also served as a professional staff member on the U.S. House of Representatives International Relations Committee (now the House Foreign Affairs Committee) and taught at Grove City College in Pennsylvania.

Bonicelli received a master's degree in public policy from Regent. He has a doctorate in political science from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Memphis. Read Dr. Bonicelli's expanded bio.

Fields of Expertise:

  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Development and Democratization