MeredithDr. Spencer B. Meredith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Email: smeredith@regent.edu

CV (pdf)

Dr. Meredith joined RSG in 2011 after serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Regent’s Undergraduate School the previous year, where he helped to develop the International Studies Major. Prior to his appointment at Regent, Dr. Meredith taught at schools in Rochester, NY and Glassboro, NJ in the areas of International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Conflict Studies. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2003, focusing on nuclear safety issues in the former Soviet Union, research conducted in conjunction with his work at the US State Department. He also has a Master’s Degree from Villanova in Political Science, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from Swarthmore College.

Dr. Meredith has also served in the Public Diplomacy Program for the US State Department in East and South Asia, in particular engaging Muslim communities about the role of religion and democracy in US foreign policy. He has also let student trips in Africa and China, in addition to serving as a Fulbright Scholar in the Republic of Georgia, where he worked with refugee populations and Orthodox priests on peacemaking initiatives.

Professional Interests
Dr. Meredith’s research focuses on the convergence of international and domestic politics in transition polities, with special attention on diverse contexts of conflict and peace. He has served as a political commentator for news agencies in television, radio, and print media.

PUBLICATIONS

  • “The Place of Christian Ethics Education in Ukraine,” (under review, Journal of Religious Education)
  • “Engaging the Muslim World,” Journal of the Middle East and Africa Book Notes January, 2011
  • “Religious Discourse, Threat Perceptions and the Gaza Blockade,” in Drawing a Line in the Sea: The Gaza Flotilla Incident and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Lexington Books, 2011
  • “Letters of Intent, Costly Signals, and Local Peacemaking in the Georgian-Abkhaz Conflict,” Peace and Conflict Studies Vol. 17, No. 2, Fall, 2010
  • “Toward a Just Peace after the Georgian Civil War,” Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Vol. 26, September, 2010
  • “Blessed are the Peacemakers: Georgian Orthodox Priests and Reconciliation after the Summer 2008 Civil War,” Journal for the Study of Peace and Conflict, 2008-2009
  • “Restoring Georgian Sovereignty, Redux,” Foreign Policy Journal, August, 2009
  • “Why it Took So Long: Closing Dangerous Nuclear Reactors in the European Union,” Central European Political Science Review, No. 29, Fall, 2007
  • “Political Instability and Nuclear Dangers in Eastern Europe,” Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Vol. 22, No. 2, June, 2006
  • “Rethinking Religion in Presidential Rhetoric” Institute for Global Engagement, Security and Rule of Law, February, 2006

Fields of Expertise:
International Relations, Comparative Politics, Middle Eastern studies, Democracy, and Religion and Politics