Steven Samson

Mary Prentice, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Government

Spring 2018 Office Hours
By Appointment

Areas of Specialization

American Foreign Policy, Political Geography, International Relations, Comparative Governments and Comparative Public Policy, National Security Law, Religion and Politics, Just War and Christian political thought, Modern Political and Economic Thought, East Asian Politics, and Middle Eastern and African Politics


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Florida, 1993
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Florida, 1991
  • B.A., Political Science, Furman University, 1988


Dr. Prentice graduated from the University of Florida with a Ph.D. in Political Science and also graduated with an MSLS (Library Science) degree from Clarion Univ. of Pennsylvania. She is currently engaged in research on faith and American foreign policy. Having visited 35 countries, she has been blessed to travel around the world for work and to teach students. Dr. Prentice resides in Lynchburg with her husband and 4 of her children and they have another son (who works for the Pentagon) and daughter in law.     

Favorite Scripture

"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity (love)." I Corinthians 13:13 (KJV)