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Tobias Gibson

Tobias Gibson

Professor of Political Science
 WH 211
 (573) 592-5185
  • Political Science



1999 - B.A. from Indiana University - Double majored in History and Political Science.

2001 - Earned an A.M. from Washington University, St. Louis

2006 - Earned Ph. D. from Washington University, St. Louis

Courses Taught

  • The American Presidency
  • U.S. Congress
  • Supreme Court
  • Civil Liberties
  • Constitutional Law
  • Judicial Process
  • Politics and Film
  • American Government and Politics
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Introduction to Security Studies
  • National Security Law
  • National Security Agencies
  • Terrorism

Research, Professional Development and Teaching

Much of my research is related to the presidency, the Supreme Court and security policy. For example, I have a forthcoming article titled “Multiple Principals and the (Lack of) Intelligence Oversight” which will appear in the National Security Law Journal, and a book chapter titled “U.S. Military Strategy and Arctic Climate Change,” in the forthcoming book Environments of Security: Theoretical foundations, approaches, and implications of environmental change on security.

I have attended several professional teaching workshops, including several related to homeland or national security issues: two at the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security; one at the University of Virginia Law School's Center for National Security Law; and one sponsored by Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

In the classroom, I ask for excellence from my students. I often publish with the best students at Westminster College, and have taken several students to professional conferences. Former students have gone on to political science Ph.D. programs at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Missouri and Purdue University; and law school at Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Missouri, the University of Chicago, St. Louis University, and George Mason University—among many others. I have been recognized for my teaching by Alpha Chi, the Westminster College Education Association, Kappa Alpha and Kappa Alpha Theta. I was also named the 2011-2012 Social Science Division Faculty Person of the Year.

Currently, I am the Social Science Division Chair and Security Studies Program Director.

In addition to teaching at Westminster College, I am also an instructor for Texas A&M's Graduate Certificate Program in Homeland Security.


When I moved here to Fulton, it was the third time I moved to Missouri. Outside of family and academics, I have two loves: football and martial arts. I watch as many Nebraska games as I can each season, and recently began coaching the defensive line at a local high school. I have been a martial arts student for about fourteen years, primarily in the Filipino Martial Arts. One of my proudest days was the day I joined the Dog Brothers tribe.


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