Dr. Jefferson has served at Westminster College since 1993. He currently teaches courses in European and international politics, as well as transnational and international studies. Since 2010, Dr. Jefferson has led the Center for Engaging the World where he helped implement the transnational studies major and connected the college to institutions and governments in China, France, Jordan, South Africa, and Turkey.
Education and Experience
Dr. Jefferson has served as chair of the political science department (most recently in 2008-10) and chair of the social sciences division (2004-07). Dr. Jefferson earned MA and PhD degrees in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a BA (magna cum laude) in political science from Western Illinois University.
He has authored two books, Christianity’s Impact on World Politics (2002) and Celtic Politics: Politics in Scotland, Ireland, and Wales (2011), numerous scholarly articles, and commentary pieces on a range of topics including European political parties, Russian politics, and Middle Eastern affairs. Dr. Jefferson has served as visiting professor of global business and politics at ICN Graduate Business School in Nancy, France in 2008 and 2010 where he taught graduate students on American democracy, globalization, civil society, political culture, and United States-Russian relations.
Dr. Jefferson is a native of Macomb, Illinois and is a direct descendant of Field Jefferson, the uncle of the third President of the United States (1801-09), Thomas Jefferson. He is married and has three daughters and two dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys sports (watching baseball and soccer and playing soccer, tennis, and basketball), reading, and music.