Scott Waalkes

Scott WaalkesEducation

  • Ph.D., Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia (1996)
  • M.A., Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia (1992)
  • B.A., Political Science, Calvin College (1990)


  • 2020-Present, Director of General Education
  • 2008-Present, Professor of International Politics, Malone University
  • 2016 (Fall), Sabbatical Fellow in Public Policy, American Studies Program, Washington, DC
  • 2004-08, Associate Professor International Politics, Malone College
  • 2004-05, Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Department of Economics and Finance, College of Business Administration, University of Bahrain
  • 1998-2003, Assistant Professor of International Politics, Malone College
  • 1997-98, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Calvin College
  • 1996-97, Lecturer, Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia

Recent Scholarly Work

  • “From the Audacity of Hope to ‘Small Ball’: How Obama’s Retrenchment and Caution Contributed to Trump’s Rise,” Chapter 8 in Achievements and Legacy of the Obama Presidency: “Hope and Change?”, edited by Michael Grossman, Ronald Eric Matthews, and Francis Schortgen (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022), pp. 111-126
  • “Beyond the Clash of Civilizations: Hermeneutical Hospitality as a Model for Civilizational Dialogue,” Christian Scholar’s Review 48:3 (Spring 2019), pp. 237-255
  • “Does Soccer Explain the World or Does the World Explain Soccer? Soccer and Globalization,” Chapter 1 in The State of the Field: Ideologies, Identities and Initiatives, edited by David Kilpatrick (Routledge, 2018), pp. 4-18
  • The Fullness of Time in a Flat World: Globalization and the Liturgical Year (Cascade Books, 2010)

Teaching Assignments

  • Comparative Politics
  • The Global Economy
  • Globalization and Cultural Geography
  • History and Politics of the Modern Middle East
  • Introduction to World Politics
  • Soccer, Sports, and Society
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Work and Vocation


Scott Waalkes has taught at Malone since 1998. Before coming to Malone, he earned a B.A. in Political Science from Calvin University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. He is the author of a book as well as several articles, book chapters, and book reviews in international studies. His current passions revolve around vocation and calling-- and how to mentor students toward life after college. He and his wife Michele, a Malone graduate, have three adult children. His hobbies include traveling, reading, and playing bocce.