Dr. Rachel Vanderhill teaches a range of international relations and comparative politics courses, including America and Global Economy; Comparing States and Societies; Foundations of World Politics; International Conflict; Revolutions and Regime Change; and Russia and its Neighbors. Her primary research interest is the politics and economics of authoritarian regimes, especially the role of the internet and social media. In addition, she has expertise on democratization, corruption/anti-corruption and European Union integration. Her regional specializations are post-communist states, the Middle East and North Africa. She earned her B.A. degree from Calvin College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. She says two of the best aspects of teaching at Wofford College are the wonderful students and her talented and dedicated colleagues. Away from Wofford, she enjoys traveling to new places, both in the United States and internationally.
Assistant professor of government and international affairs
Dr. Sam A. Fontaine’s teaching interests include American politics, the presidency, congress, American political development, political parties and interest groups. His research interests include the development of presidential authority, presidential unilateral action and the politics of domestic order. Fontaine earned a B.A. from the University of North Carolina Asheville, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.