DepartmentDepartment of Political Science
Biola AffiliationsFaculty



  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A., Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A., Biola University
  • B.S., Southwest Missouri State University


Scott Waller holds graduate degrees in both philosophy and political science. He has an M.A. from Talbot School of Theology in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics and an M.A. in Politics and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University in the fields of American Politics and Political Theory. His research interests involve the intersection of religion and politics, jurisprudence surrounding the First Amendment religion clauses and the evolving role of the judiciary within the American political order. He is a frequent guest on local radio discussing American politics and a frequent speaker to the general Christian community on issues of importance for believers to consider.


  • “Evangelical Strength and the Representation of Women and Gays.” (With Jennifer Merolla and Jean Schroedel). In Steven Brint and Jean Reith Schroedel, eds. Evangelicals and Democracy in America: Religion and Society. (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2009)
  • “Legal Status of the Fetus.” (With Jean Schroedel). The Chicago Companion to the Child. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009)


  • Regular guest on “Intersection of Faith and Reason” show hosted by Frank Pastore and broadcast throughout southern California on KKLA. Topics discussed were the role of evangelicals in the American political culture, the current electoral cycle, and church-state relations.
  • “Evangelical Strength and the Representation of Women and Gays.” (With Jennifer Merolla and Jean Schroedel). Paper presented at The Christian Conservative Movement and Democracy in America Conference, New York at the Russell Sage Foundation, April 27-29, 2007.
  • “Christianity in a Post-Modern World.” Presented at the Stand to Reason lecture series, Hermosa Beach, CA, 2003.
  • Guest on the Stand to Reason radio show hosted by Greg Koukul and broadcast throughout Southern California and nationally on the American Family Network. The topic was the upcoming Master’s Series lecture on Christianity and the life of the mind, 2003.

Research Interests

  • Church-State Relations
  • First Amendment Jurisprudence
  • Evangelical Political Engagement
  • Religious Involvement/Voice in the Public Square
  • Nature of Judicial Power
  • The Founding Era
  • Evolution of Executive Power

Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Abortion
  • Christian Thought
  • Economic Issues
  • Ethics
  • Evangelism
  • First Amendment's Religion Clauses
  • Moral Relativism
  • Para-church (faith- Based Organizations)
  • Political Issues
  • Politics & Government
  • Relationship Between Religion And Politics
  • Relationship Between The Church And State
  • Religion & American Culture
  • Social Policy
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