Faculty and Staff

E. Douglass Ayer, Jr.

Instructor
M.A. - Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy
Specialty: Intelligence and Policy
106 Scott Shipp Hall, Workstation 4
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
107 Scott Shipp Hall, Workstation 10
540-464-7141
bakichsd@vmi.edu
https://sites.google.com/site/bakichspencer/

Scott Belliveau

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

Major Tiffany Chu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. - University of Arizona
Specialty: Conflict, political violence, forced migration, refugees, and human rights
106 Scott Shipp Hall, Workstation 7
chuts@vmi.edu

Mary B. Deyo

Administrative Assistant
323B Scott Shipp Hall
540-464-7676
deyomb@vmi.edu

Colonel Dennis M. Foster, Ph.D.

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

Dr. Vera Heuer

Associate Professor
Ph.D. - Indiana University
106 Scott Shipp Hall, Workstation 6
540-464-7079
heuerv@vmi.edu

Lieutenant Colonel Brent D. Hierman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Ph.D. - Indiana University Bloomington
106 Scott Shipp Hall, Workstation 1
540-464-7074
hiermanbd@vmi.edu
http://www.brenthierman.com/

Colonel Ryan R. Holston, Ph.D.

Professor
Jonathan M. Daniels ’61 Chair for Academic Excellence
Ph.D. - John Hopkins University
107 Scott Shipp Hall, Workstation 13
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
107 Scott Shipp Hall, Workstation 11
540-464-7467
jamesrb@vmi.edu

Dr. Timothy Passmore

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. - University of Colorado Boulder
Specialty: International law and organizations, foreign policy, civil war, peacekeeping
106 Scott Shipp Hall, Workstation 2
passmoretj@vmi.edu

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

Associate Professor
Ph.D. - University of Arizona
107 Scott Shipp Hall, Workstation 12
540-464-7675
rhameyjp@vmi.edu

Col. Howard B. Sanborn IV, Ph.D.

Professor
Ph.D. - University of Iowa
Specialty: Comparative Politics-East Asia, American Politics and Political Methodology
106 Scott Shipp Hall, Workstation 8
540-464-7762
sanbornhb@vmi.edu