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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.

Current Topic


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

Recent Topics


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?

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