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Philip W. Barker, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor, Centenary College of Louisiana

Philip Barker is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Centenary College of Louisiana, where he has been for the last two years. He teaches a variety of courses in International Politics, covering a diversity of subject matter (from U.S. Foreign Policy to International Law and from Europe to Latin American and Africa).

Philip received his bachelor's degree in history and political science from Texas A&M University and completed his master's work and PhD at the University of Colorado in Boulder. His research focuses on religious nationalism in Europe and the Middle East.

Philip is the author of the forthcoming book, If God Be for Us: Religious Nationalism in Modern Europe in which he explores the historic roots of religious identity in nations such as Ireland, Poland, and Greece. He is also currently carrying out research that look's at how the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are reshaping religiously based identities in both the United States and the Middle East. He has presented his research at a number of national and international conferences, including the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.

On a personal level, Philip has a passion for travel. He recently took a group of students from Centenary to Spain for two weeks in order to explore the nature of Spanish identity throughout history. He is planning a return trip next year.

He currently lives in Shreveport with his wife and two year old son.

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09/16 - Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System

How well is the state’s public school system really performing?

One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.

The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.

“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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