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Chris McHorney, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science
Chair, Department of History and Government

Office Phone: (951) 343-4757
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 270
Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. or by appointment

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Political Science University of California at Riverside 1997
M.S. International Studies Troy State University at Dothan 1990
B.A. Political Science University of California at Los Angeles 1984

Courses Taught

Introduction to International Politics
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Political Parties and Interest Groups
International Relations Theory
Political Economy
World Geography
International Organizations
Policy Process and Analysis
Research Methods in Political Science
Methods of Research for Criminal Justice


Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

Political Corruption
Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction


Teaching Experience

Associate Professor of Political Science at Southwest Minnesota State University from 2001 to 2006
Assistant Professor of Political Science at Southwest Minnesota State University from 1997 to 2001


Research, Presentations, & Publications

Brian Bates and Chris McHorney. Developing a Theoretical Model of Counterproliferation for the 21st Century New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2000.

Chris McHorney. "India and Pakistan: Newest Members of the Nuclear Club." Contemporary Cases in U.S. Foreign Policy: From Terrorism to Trade" Ed. Ralph G. Carter. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2001.

John Shoup and Chris McHorney. “Decision Making: Becoming an Expert of the Process” in Organizational Leadership: Foundations and Practices for Christians. Ed. Jack Burns, John R. Shoup, and Donald C. Simmons Jr. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2014.

Academic Presentations:
"Checkmate: Counterproliferation in the 21st Century," Western Political Science Association meeting, 2000

"Use of Popular Media in Teaching Politics," Great Plains Political Science Association meeting, 2002

"Foreign Policy After 9/11," Great Plains Political Science Association meeting, 2003

"The Passage of Time and Popular Support for Communist-Successor Parties," European Studies Conference, 2003

"Nonproliferation and Counterproliferation in the Third World" Third World Studies Conference, 2003

"To Bribe or not to Bribe: Searching for Explanations for Political Corruption," Western Political Science Association meeting, 2004

"Moving Beyond the Counterproliferation Initiative and Preventive Wars: A Nonproliferation and Counterproliferation Policy for the 21st Century," Great Plains Political Science Association meeting, 2004

"Political Corruption and the Democratization of Russia," International Studies Association Conference, 2006


Church Membership & Activities

Cornerstone Community Church: High School Ministry volunteer


Community Service & Involvement

International Service Projects: 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014


Interests & Hobbies

Family: Cindy (wife), Cameron (16) and Conor (14)
Interests: Spending time with family and friends, politics, and sports (basketball)


Personal Philosophy

"Yet those who wait for the LORD
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary. "

- Isaiah 40:31, NASB