Faculty | Social Science, B.A.

Daniel Christensen

  • Associate Professor of World History

  • Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
  • M.A., University of California, Riverside
  • B.A., Crossroads College
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin

 

Daniel grew up Presbyterian in a small town in Minnesota, and came to faith in Christ at age 17. He worked in the summers for two Church of Christ churches during his years at Crossroads College, a Bible college in Rochester, Minnesota. He worked in banking and computers for a number of years, including manning a technical support phoneline for Microsoft operating systems (no easy...

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Tom Copeland

  • Associate Professor of Political Science

  • ​Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, PA,
  • M.A. University of Pittsburgh, PA
  • B.A. Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA​

Dr. Tom Copeland is an associate professor of Political Science, teaching classes in International Relations and leading off-campus study programs. He is especially interested in national security, intelligence, terrorism, and the relationship between free markets and prosperity. He has written a book on mass casualty terrorism and edited another on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He enjoys...

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Scott A. Waller

  • Chair, Political Science Department
  • Associate Professor of Political Science

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

Dr. 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,...

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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

Judith Mendelsohn Rood

  • Professor of History and Middle Eastern Studies

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • M.A., Georgetown University
  • B.A., New College

Judith Mendelsohn Rood received her Ph.D. in Modern Middle Eastern History from the University of Chicago and her M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. She earned her B.A. at New College, an experimental liberal arts college modeled on the Oxford University curriculum, and did undergraduate and graduate work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Rood was the first woman ever permitted...

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Alicia Dewey

  • Associate Professor of History
  • Department Chair

  • Ph.D., Southern Methodist University
  • J.D., Southern Methodist University
  • M.A., Southern Methodist University
  • B.A., Davidson College

Alicia Dewey received her Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University and has taught at Biola University since 2007. Her courses include the History of the American West; California History; American Democracy, Civil War, and Reconstruction, 1800-1877; the Rise of Modern America (1877-1920); Research Methods in History; the U.S. History Survey; and U.S. History since 1865. When she is not...

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Research Interests

  • U.S./Mexico Borderlands
  • American West
  • Business History
  • Environmental history/irrigation and water rights
  • Mexican-American History

Robert Farrar

  • Adjunct Professor of History

  • D. of Education-Institutional Management, Pepperdine University
  • M.A. Azusa Pacific University
  • B.A. Biola University

Adjunct Professor of History

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Darren Guerra

  • Associate Professor of Political Science

  • Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A., Claremont Graduate University
  • B.A.Vanguard University

Darren Patrick Guerra is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Biola University in La Mirada, CA with a scholarly focus on American Politics, Constitutional Law, and Public Policy. His book Perfecting the Constitution: The Case for the Article V Amendment Process was released in 2013 with the paperback edition out in March 2015. Guerra earned his doctorate from Claremont Graduate...

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Research Interests

  • Constitutional Law
  • America Political Institutions
  • Deliberative Democracy
  • Film and Politics
  • Constitutional Jurisprudence
  • Natural Law
  • Christianity and Politics

Michael Jimenez

  • Adjunct Professor of History

  • Ph.D. in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • B.A. Biola University

Adjunct Professor of History

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Stephen Kennedy

  • Adjunct Professor of Political Science

  • Ph.D. USC
  • M. Div. Talbot Theological Seminary
  • B.A. USC

Adjunct Professor of Political Science

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Patrick Lampman

  • Adjunct Faculty of History

  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School
  • M.A., California State College Long Beach
  • B.A., Biola University

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Susan Lim

  • Assistant Professor of History

  • Ph.D. History, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A. History, University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A. History, University of California, Berkeley

Susan Lim is an assistant professor in the Department of History & Political Science at Biola University. She received her bachelor’s degree in history at University of California, Berkeley and later earned her master’s and doctoral degree in history at University of California, Los Angeles. Her current research examines religious dissent in colonial New London, and...

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Ruth Mills-Robbins

  • Adjunct Professor of History

    Adjunct Professor of History

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    Brent Whitefield

    • Adjunct Professor of History

    • Ph.D. Cambridge University
    • M.A. Regent College (Vancouver)
    • B.A. Amherst College

    Adjunct Professor of History

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    Evanson Wamagatta

    • Associate Professor of History

    • Ph.D., West Virginia University
    • M.A., University of Nairobi
    • B.A., University of Nairobi

    Dr. Wamagatta has taught history at the University of Nairobi for about seven years. He also taught for four years as a graduate instructor at West Virginia University. In the 2001-2002 academic year, he was a Visiting Lecturer at Biola University. He became a full-time faculty in the Fall of 2003.

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    Research Interests

    • Missionary work - past and present

    Paul Rood

    • Adjunct Professor of Political Science and History

    • M.A. Claremont Graduate School
    • B.A. Claremont McKenna College

    Adjunct Professor of Political Science and History

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    Lisa Riggin

    • Adjunct Professor of History

    • Ph.D. UC Riverside
    • M.A. Calif. State Long Beach

    Adjunct Professor of History

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    Chris Castile

    • Adjunct Professor of Political Science

    • M.A. Cal State Univ. Long Beach
    • B.A. Cal State Univ. Long Beach

    Adjunct Professor of Political Science

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