Professor Pierros teaches International Relations, U.S. Foreign Policy, Comparative Politics, International Security, International Humanitarian Law and other internationally-oriented courses in the political science department. His research interests include peace and conflict studies, international education policy, and U.S. foreign/national security policy.

He completed his doctorate at The University of Southern California where he did onsite research and training in Hong Kong; Doha, Qatar; Xian, China; and Helsinki, Finland. Previously, Professor Pierros has taught in public and private schools K-12 schools and adults in non-profit settings. In addition to teaching and research, he has developed and implemented undergraduate certificate programs in peace and conflict studies and human security and is currently developing an undergraduate minor in peace and conflict studies. 


  • EdD, Global Executive Doctor of Education – University of Southern California; Los Angeles, CA
  • MA, Political Science (Southeast Asian area concentration) - Northern Illinois University; DeKalb, IL
  • MDiv, Theology/Divinity (emphasis in Christianity and contemporary culture) - Covenant Theological Seminary; St. Louis, MO
  • BS, English - Vanderbilt University; Nashville, TN 

Academic and Professional Highlights

Awards and Honors

  • Rotary International Peace Fellow, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, Summer 2019
  • Large Group Identity and Societal Conflict: Bringing a Psychological Understanding to Conflict Resolution.  Workshop training presented by the International Dialogue Initiative, Vienna International Center, Vienna, Austria, October, 2018
  • Freedom and Fragmentation Conference, Center for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, September, 2018
  • Visiting Academic at the Summer Research Institute of Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford, July 2018
  • Teaching Peace in the 21stCentury 10thAnnual Summer Institute for Faculty, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, June, 2018
  • The Council on Foreign Relations College and University Educators Workshop, CFR Main Offices; New York, NY, 2016
  • Trained as an International Election Observer with the European Inter University Center For Human Rights and Democratization in Venice, Italy, funded by the Italian, Spanish, and Czech Ministries of Foreign Affairs and The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), 2014
  • "Religion and Foreign Policy: Investigating the Role of Religion in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies" sponsored by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kosovo, Yale University and The University of Pristina; Pristina Kosovo, 2013
  • Secured a partnership with Concordia University Chicago and The John Marshall Law School and their Fair Housing Program as administered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Facial Action Coding System Training, University of California-Berkeley 2010


  • “Creativity and Innovation in American Higher Education”, presented at Hamad Bin Khalifa University College of Islamic Studies, Education City, Doha, Qatar, January, 2018

  • “The Making of an Exceptional University Student”, Xi’an City 1st Annual International Education Conference, Xi’an China, October, 2017

  • “Comparing Apples to Apples: Teaching Critical Thinking in an Undergraduate Comparative Politics Class.” Presented workshop at American Political Science Teaching and Learning Conference: Long Beach, CA, 2013

  • "Weaving the Cognitive Web: Cross-Disciplinary Connections and Critical Thinking in an Upper-Level, Undergraduate American Presidency Seminar" workshop presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, Washington, D.C. in February 2012

  • “Making the Connection: Engaging Students in Social Justice Issues through a Multifaceted Approach,” Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area Conference, Dominican University, October 2011

  • “Ghosts in the Machine: Communal Violence in Poso, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, and the Weak State Hypothesis,” Illinois Political Science Association annual meeting, 2009

  • “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Danger: Jemaah Islamiyah and Possible Involvement in Southern Thailand,” Illinois Political Science Association annual meeting, 2008