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Dr. D. Bruce Hicks
Associate Professor of Political Science

D. Hicks

Dr. Bruce Hicks earned the first of three advanced degrees at Furman University, completing a B.A. in Political Science in 1975, followed by an M.Ed. in Social Science Education at North Georgia College in 1981. In 1986, while a doctoral candidate in political science at Emory University, Dr. Hicks joined the Cumberland College faculty. He was awarded the Ph.D. in 1987.

Dr. Hicks, whose areas of expertise include political theory, American politics, and American foreign policy, is a member of the American Political Science Association and of the Kentucky Political Science Association, which elected him President for 2001-2002. Along with colleague Dr. Al Pilant, Dr. Hicks serves as faculty advisor for the Student Government Association.


Courses Taught

  • POLS 131 Introduction to Political Science
  • POLS 233 American National Government
  • POLS 234 State and Local Government
  • POLS 332 Public Opinion and Voting
  • POLS 334 Congress
  • POLS 335 The American Presidency
  • POLS 336 Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Media
  • POLS 338 Comparative Government
  • POLS 430 Selected Topics
  • POLS 433 Western Political Theory I
  • POLS 434 Western Political Theory II
  • POLS 437 Public Administration and Public Policy
  • POLS 490 Issues in Political Science

Publications and Presentations

“Lifting the Arms Embargo on the Bosnian Muslims: Secret Diplomacy or Covert Action?” International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, 18, no.2 (Summer 2005), 246-261.

"”Bureaucratic Politics and the 9/11 Attacks: The Case of F. B. I. Agent John o’ Neill.” Kentucky Political Science Association Conference, Bowling Green, KY, 2005

"Presidential Foreign Policy Prerogative After the Iran-Contra Affair." Presidential Studies Quarterly, vol. 24, no. 4 (Fall 1996), pp. 962-977.

"Dueling Decisions: Contrasting Constitutional Visions of the United States President’s Foreign Policy Role." Policy Studies Journal, vol. 24, no. 2 (Summer 1996), pp. 245-258.

"Internal Competition Over Foreign Policy Making: The Case of U.S. Arms Sales to Iran." Policy Studies Review, vol. 9, no. 3 (Spring 1990), pp 471-484.