Faculty and Staff

E. Douglass Ayer, Jr.

Instructor
M.A. - Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy
Specialty: Intelligence and Policy
431 Scott Shipp Hall
540-464-7676
ayered@vmi.edu

Lieutenant Colonel Spencer Bakich

Associate Professor
Ph.D. - University of Virginia
Specialty: Grand Strategy, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Strategic Decision Making
434 Scott Shipp Hall
540-464-7141
bakichsd@vmi.edu
https://sites.google.com/site/bakichspencer/

Scott Belliveau

Instructor
M.A. - American University
ScottB@vmiaa.org

Mary B. Deyo

Administrative Assistant
429 Scott Shipp Hall
540-464-7676
deyomb@vmi.edu

Colonel Dennis M. Foster, Ph.D.

Department Head
Professor
Ph.D. - The Pennsylvania State University
Specialty: International Relations, Foreign Policy, and Terrorism Studies
437 Scott Shipp Hall
540-464-7088
fosterdm@vmi.edu
http://fosterdm.weebly.com/

Dr. Vera Heuer

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. - Indiana University
436 Scott Shipp Hall
540-464-7079
heuerv@vmi.edu

Lieutenant Colonel Brent D. Hierman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Ph.D. - Indiana University Bloomington
440 Scott Shipp Hall
540-464-7074
hiermanbd@vmi.edu
http://www.brenthierman.com/

Colonel Ryan R. Holston, Ph.D.

Professor
Ph.D. - John Hopkins University
432 Scott Shipp Hall
540-464-7165
holstonrr@vmi.edu

Robert B. James, Jr.

Colonel U.S. Army (Retired)
Instructor
Economics Mary Moody Northen Chair in Arts and/or Social Sciences
M.Ed. - Bowling Green State University
430 Scott Shipp Hall
540-464-7467
jamesrb@vmi.edu

Dr. Gabriela Rangel-Katz

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. - University of Kentucky
443 Scott Shipp Hall
540-464-7724
rangelg@vmi.edu
https://grangelkatz.weebly.com

Lt. Col. J. Patrick Rhamey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Ph.D. - University of Arizona
435 Scott Shipp Hall
540-464-7675
rhameyjp@vmi.edu

Christopher B. Russell, J.D.

Instructor
J.D. - Notre Dame
Specialty: Criminal Law
436 Scott Shipp Hall
540-464-7676
russelcb@vmi.edu

Colonel Howard B. Sanborn IV, Ph.D.

Professor
Ph.D. - University of Iowa
Specialty: Comparative Politics-East Asia, American Politics and Political Methodology
435 Scott Shipp Hall
540-464-7762
sanbornhb@vmi.edu