Samuel Lucas McMillan

Lander University
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Department of Government, Criminology, and Sociology
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About Me

Samuel Lucas McMillan is Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Associate Professor of Political Science at Lander University.  Dr. McMillan joined the faculty in 2008, won the 2011 Young Faculty Scholar Award, and held Lander's Monica Martin Stranch Endowed Professorship for exemplary teaching from 2012-2014.  He was previously chair of the Department of Government, Criminology, and Sociology.

His book, The Involvement of State Governments in U.S. Foreign Relations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) overviews the increasing involvement of U.S. states and governors in international issues since the 1950s.  Dr. McMillan's research also appears in the journals Foreign Policy Analysis, International InteractionsInternational Studies Perspectives, and the Journal of Political Science.  He has also written book reviews for the Mid-South Political Science Review, Journal of Political Science Education, and CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.  He is contributing an entry for The Encyclopedia of Foreign Policy Analysis to be published by Oxford University Press.  He is the author of instructor's manuals for World Politics: Trend and Transformation (15th and 16th editions) and has published teaching commentary for outlets such as and APSA's Political Science Education section.  He has also published numerous policy-oriented pieces and op-ed essays in regional newspapers.  Dr. McMillan's research and expertise has led to media interviews with such outlets as The Washington Post and by the Associated Press.  

Active in professional service, he is regularly involved with the International Studies Association, a member of the U.S. Student Fulbright National Screening Committee for the Institute of International Education and U.S. Department of State, and is a past president of the South Carolina Political Science Association.

Dr. McMillan's community activities include his role as Trustee of the Self Family Foundation as well as his leadership positions at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, where he has served as chair of the governing board and is a current delegate to the diocesan convention.

He earned a B.A. in government and economics from Wofford College and spent a semester studying at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He returned to Great Britain as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and earned an M.A. in international relations at the University of Warwick in England. He completed his Ph.D. in political science from the University of South Carolina.

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355 Carnell Learning Center

My main phone number is 864-388-8733 and my direct line is 864-388-8275.  If you need to schedule an appointment wtih me, please contact my assistant, Ms. Donna Knight, at
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