Political Science Faculty

Fac Heather HawnDr. Heather Hawn

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Phone: (828) 689-1335
Email: hhawn@mhu.edu
Campus Box: 6662
Education: B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1992; J.D., Campbell University, 1997; Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2011

Heather Hawn earned her B.A. in philosophy and communication from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She earned her J.D. from Campbell University and holds an active license in the state of North Carolina. She practiced law in North Carolina for 10 years and then earned her Ph.D. in comparative politics and international relations at the University of South Carolina. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Mars Hill University. Prior to joining Mars Hill, Heather taught many classes at the University of South Carolina, including in the prestigious Honors College program. Her teaching and research interests include International Politics, National Security, US Foreign Policy, Development, Conflict and Cooperation. Heather has published in the Journal of General Education “Veterans and Veteran Families in General Education” (2011) and is currently working on several projects including a book arising from her dissertation “La Ruta Maya: The Effects of Tourism and the State on the Political Behavior Choices of the Maya.”

Dr. Hawn's curriculum vitae

Fac Barry SharpeDr. Barry Sharpe

Associate Professor of Political Science & Chair of the Political Science Program
Phone: (828) 689-1338
Email: bsharpe@mhu.edu
Campus Box: 6698
Education: B.A., University of South Carolina, 1988; Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1995; J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2002

Barry Sharpe earned his B.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of South Carolina. He also earned a J.D. from the University of Texas. He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Ethics Across the Curriculum at Mars Hill University. As Director of Ethics Across the Curriculum, he also coaches the Mars Hill University Ethics Bowl team. Prior to joining Mars Hill, Barry has served as a faculty member or administrator at Georgia Southern University, Northwestern College (IA), Tusculum College (TN), and Marshall University (WV). His teaching and research interests include American government and politics, constitutional law, contemporary political theory, legal theory, and practical and professional ethics. His publications include "Advice from a Tocquevillian Liberal: Arendt, Tocqueville, and the Liberal-Communitarian Debate," in Community and Political Thought Today (Praeger, 1998), Modesty and Arrogance in Judgment: Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem (Praeger, 1999), "Did Adolf Eichmann Receive a Fair Trial?," in History in Dispute: The Holocaust (Gale Group, 2003), and “The Ethical Ground on Which We Stand: Francis Lieber on Free Speech, Liberty, and Community” (Journal of Political Science, v. 37, 2009).