Rosco Williamson, Ph.D.

Professor, Political Science

Dr. Rosco Williamson teaches classes in international relations and human rights. His field of research includes the development of the international system, the impact of religion on political authority, and political legitimacy.


  • Ph.D., University of California San Diego 
  • M.A., History, San Diego State University
  • M.A., Political Science, University of California San Diego
  • B.A., Chemistry, Northwest Nazarene University

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • World Regional Geography
  • Issues in Global Human Rights
  • Global Governance
  • War and Peace Studies
  • International Law
  • U.S. Foreign Policy

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Chair, Faculty Council, PLNU, 2013 – 2014
  • Chair, Faculty Handbook Revision Task Force, PLNU, 2010 – 2013

Awards and Honors

  • Teaching Assistant Excellence Award, Political Science, UCSD, 2001 – 2002

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • (2015) "The Sacred Stays Central: Agency and Transcendent Credibility in Early Modern Political Theories of Authority," Political Theology 16(2): 159-75
  • (2012) "Faculty Perceptions about Tenure at Private Christian Liberal Arts Colleges: An Analysis of 38 Institutions in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)," co-authored with Gary Railsback and Jill Hamilton-Bunch, Journal of Research on Christian Education 21(2): 132-52
  • (2010) Book Review of Crime, War and Global Trafficking: Designing International Cooperation, in Political Studies Review 8(2): 238
  • (2008) "The Dangers of New Money: Development, Democratization and Civil War Recidivism," Western Political Science Association Conference
  • (2004) "When Are Walls Put Up Against Others: The Variation in Forms of Political Units in the International System," American Political Science Association Annual Meeting
  • (2004) "Hegel on War and Peace: A Corrective to the Kantian Dominance of International Relations Theory," American Political Science Association Annual Meeting
  • (April 8, 2012) "Global Terrorism as a Network: New Developments," Palomar College Political Economy Days
  • (April 7, 2011) "Polluting Nations and Messy Roommates: Thinking about the Global Governance of Climate Change," Palomar College Political Economy Days
  • (June 2, 2009) "Does Development End or Prolong Civil Wars?" San Diego World Affairs Council