William Pierros, MA

Assistant Professor of Political Science

College of Arts and Sciences

Professor Pierros teaches American Government, International Relations, U.S. Foreign Policy, Comparative Politics, The American Presidency and several courses in the Law and Justice program.  His research interests include U.S. foreign policy, U.S. national security policy, global terrorism, Southeast Asian politics and ethnic and religious conflict. He is currently completing his doctorate in political science. Professor Pierros has taught at Concordia since 2007.


  • MA, Political Science (Southeast Asian area concentration), Northern Illinois University; DeKalb, Ill.
  • MDiv, Theology/Divinity (emphasis in Christianity and contemporary culture), Covenant Theological Seminary; St. Louis, Mo.
  • BS, English, Vanderbilt University; Nashville, Tenn.    

Academic and Professional Highlights


  • "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.