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Allan M. Wilford

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Academic Background
Doctor of Philosophy, Political Science, University of Tennessee.
Master of Arts, International Law and Politics, University of Hull, UK.
Bachelor of Arts, Criminology and Social Policy, Lincoln University, UK.
Phone Number:
(864) 231-2449
Allan M. Wilford

What classes do you teach at Anderson

State and Local Government, Comparative Politics, International Relations.

What year did you start teaching at AU


Why teach at AU?

I was taken by the opportunity to teach political science to dedicated and hard-working students in a unique liberal arts environment.


I play squash, wrangle my untrainable plott hound, and collect records from circa 1982-1996.

People might be interested to know I...

study voter turnout, but have never actually voted in the US. I am, however, involved with promoting civic participation through the League of Women Voters and regularly have students work with me on related research projects (students please just ask).

Places you've lived

Knoxville, TN; York, UK; Leeds, UK; Hull, UK; Norton-on-Derwent, UK.

What do you find most enjoyable about working at Anderson University?

The community here at Anderson University. All of the faculty and staff make you feel so welcome. I also never tire of hearing the local community express their pride in having AU in their community.

What I wish prospectives students knew about my discipline or careers in my discipline.

Being a political science major provides you with a unique skill set designed to allow you to excel in many careers. I have seen my students go to law school, graduate school, and even the Ecole nationale d'administration. Other students have won internships and subsequent employment as political campaign managers, think-tank policy wonks, and employees at non-profits.

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

Class is informal, interactive, and never dull. My aim is to stimulate discussion so you feel compelled to share what you have learned with friends and family.


Polarization, Number of Parties and Voter Turnout: Explaining Turnout in 26 O.E.C.D. Countries. Social Science Quarterly 98(5) 1391-1405.

Scottish Secession and Voter Turnout: Simulating the Effects of Full Voter Turnout without Scottish Participation in the Union. European Politics and Society 17(3) 314-330. 

U.S. Leadership in A Post 9/11 World: Comparing World Views and Foreign Policy Decisions of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Policy Brief 1:14, Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, University of Tennessee.