Colorado Christian University
Dr. Tom Copeland

Dr. Tom Copeland

Faculty Spotlight

Degrees and Experience
  • Ph.D., Public and International Affairs (University of Pittsburgh)
  • M.A., Public and International Affairs (University of Pittsburgh)
  • B.A., Political Science (Geneva College)
Biography and Professional Achievements

Dr. Copeland is a Professor of Political Science, teaching a wide range of courses in international relations and American government. He serves on the faculty advisory board of AEI’s Values & Capitalism project, and was a 2010 Fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy. He previously taught at Biola University and at Geneva College. He received his Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

Copeland formerly served as Chief of Staff in the Government Services Division of LexisNexis, working with the FBI, DEA, INS, SEC, DOJ, and TSA. He was Director of Admissions at The Institute of World Politics, and spent three summers at the Office of Naval Research.

Copeland is the editor of Drawing a Line in the Sea: The 2010 Gaza Flotilla Incident and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Lexington Books, 2011); author of Fool Me Twice: Intelligence Failure and Mass Casualty Terrorism (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff, 2007); and editor and author of other books articles. He is a regular presenter at academic conferences.

Faith and Learning

At CCU, we take seriously the challenges of integrating our Christian faith with the realm of politics. From the time of Christ forward, His followers have thought about, and lived out, different models of the proper relationship between the believer and the state. At CCU every student takes a core class on politics, and we encourage them to go deeper in their faith and in their understanding of its implications for how society governs itself and how they should act as citizens.