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, peace and conflict studies and ethnic and religious conflict. 

He is currently pursuing his doctorate at The University of Southern California. Previously, Pierros has taught elementary, middle and high school students in public and private schools and adults in non-profit settings. Professor Pierros has taught at Concordia-Chicago since 2007. In addition to teaching, he has developed and implemented undergraduate certificate programs in Peace and Conflict Studies and Human Security


  • 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


  • Presented workshop at American Political Science Teaching and Learning Conference: Comparing Apples to Apples: Teaching Critical Thinking in an Undergraduate Comparative Politics Class. 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

Awards and Honors

  • 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