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L. Sue Hulett


L. Sue Hulett

Rik and Sophia Henke Distinguished Professor of Political Science

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Richard P. and Sophia D. Henke Distinguished Professor and Chair of Political Science; Chair of International Relations

Sue Hulett

General Interests
"My research focuses on changing American roles in the new world order. The U.S. faces a dilemma as a single superpower in a chaotic multipolar world. It must choose between interventionism (philosophically or security driven) and isolationism (similarly motivated). I discuss these choices and their possible ramifications in my current writings. I also study the rise of Christian fundamentalism as a political and social movement in the U.S."

Years at Knox: 1980 to present

Ph.D., International Relations, 1979, University of Southern California.
A.M., International Relations, 1973, University of Southern California.
A.B., International Relations, 1971, University of Southern California.

Teaching Interests
International relations, U.S. and Soviet foreign policy, international law and organizations, religion and politics.

Selected Professional Accomplishments


  • Caterpillar Faculty Achievement Award, June 2011.
  • National Political Science Honor Society (PSA) Chapter Advisor Recognition Award, 2009.
  • Global Studies grant, Knox College, 2004.
  • Environmental Studies grant to enhance International Relations class, Knox College, 2003.
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society) Chapter Grant, 2001.
  • Hewlett Diversity Speakers Grant, Knox College, 2001.
  • Billy Graham Center Research Grant, 1997.
  • Lilly Education Grant, 1990-1992.
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship, 1987-1988.

"Political Participation and Voting Behavior vis-à-vis Religion," Religion and Politics in America: Encyclopedia of Church & State in American Life, ABC-CLIO, 2016.

Guest Column series in Galesburg Register Mail , Articles 2016 through June 2017 include: "Foreign Policy Crises of 2017," "No Russian Reset, PLEASE," "Obama Stands Up to the Wrong Country," "Trump's foreign policy worse than Obama's," "Obama flinching toward the finish line," "China annexes 85% of South China Sea;" and "Show Putin the Money."

Opinion: "Russia, gift that keeps on grabbing;" "Cold war revisited by Russia," "Can NATO, U.S. stop Russia;" "Obama fails as realist and idealist," and "Trick or treat: Iran vs. Obama." Galesburg Register Mail.

A series of 12 articles on U.S. Foreign Policy, Galesburg Register Mail (2011-2012.)

Four Book Reviews in Choice Magazine, every year since 1983.

"Exploring Spiritual Engagement at Secular Knox College." Religion and Education 37 (2010): 1-24.

"A Conservative Church Encounters Change." Mutuality-a magazine of the Christians for Biblical Equality 17 (2010): 12-14.

Three essays on Foreign Policy and International Relations Theory in the Encyclopedia of Political Science (Five Volumes). Congressional Quarterly/SAGE Publications (2010.)

"County Democrats Used Deceptive Practices." Guest Opinion, Galesburg Register-Mail, July 11, 2010.

Encyclopedia essays: (two on international relations theory and one lexical entry on U.S. Foreign policy), International Encyclopedia of Political Science, Congressional Quarterly, 2008.

"Religion in Public Universities." Encyclopedia of Religion and Civil Liberties. Francis & Taylor Publishers, 2006.

Encyclopedia entries: (three case briefs and one essay on religion and politics), Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties, Routledge Press, 2006.

"A Survey of Religion on Campus and the Impact of the Knox Experience," Journal of College and Character 2, 2005 (reprinted from the Journal of Religion and Education 31.2, 2004).

"Being Religious at Knox: Attitudes Toward Religion and Conservative Values at Knox College." Journal of Religion and Education, 2004.

A series of 7 articles in the Peoria Journal Star on U.S. Foreign Policy in the aftermath of 9/11 (2002-2004.)

"U.S. Must Fight Back Against Terrorist Attacks." Galesburg Register-Mail, Guest Commentary, Sept. 25, 2001.

"Ahead of the Times." Letter in COMMONWEAL (2 & 4), Jan. 12, 2001.

"Intervarsity on Probation." Letter in Christianity Today, Dec. 1, 2000.

Four commentaries on Supreme Court cases on the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment. Religion and American Law: An Encyclopedia, 2000.

"A Prodigal Child Finds Faith." Professors Who Believe: The Spiritual Journeys of Christian Faculty, Paul Anderson, Intervarsity Press, 1998.

Christianity and Modern Politics. Walter De Gruyter & Co., 1993.

"Being Religious or Spiritual at Knox: Attitudes Toward Religion & Values." Paper presented at the American Association of University Professors meeting, 2009 and 2011.

"Evangelicals, Elections, and Culture Wars." Western Political Science Association, 2008.

"Values Voting, Culture Wars, and 21st century Presidential Elections." National Faculty Leadership Conference, 2008.

Interview for La Opinion (largest U.S. Spanish language paper) on Sarah Palin, 2008.

"College Ministry at the Fulcrum: A Christian critique of the secular university." "Ivy Jungle" Regional Conference, Fuller Theological Seminary, California, 2007.

"Religion and Politics in America: Moral Issues and Questions after the 2004 Presidential Election." American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C., 2005.

"The Religious Right in the 21st Century." American Sociological Association (ASA) meeting, Los Angeles, California, 2001.

Campus & Community Involvement

  • Knox Teaching Consultant (mentor/peer consulting).
  • Chair of the Department of Political Science.
  • Organizer and Speaker, Knox College panel discussions on Terror, Foreign Policy, and Just War.
  • ADVISER: Political Science Honor Society, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Washington Semester, Knox Republicans.
  • Founder: Knox Christian Faculty/Staff Fellowship.
  • Faculty advisor, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
  • Ivy Jungle College Ministry Conferences.
  • Attendee, Religion and Public Policy Conference, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
  • Commentator, National Public Radio on ballistic missile defense.
  • Attendee, "Historical Jesus" seminar at Westmont College.
  • Attendee, Ivy Jungle College Ministry Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Delegate, Baptist General Conference, Midwest meeting, Galesburg, Illinois.
  • Elder Board Committee on Gender Roles, Bethel Baptist Church.
  • President's Planning Council.
  • Chair Pro Tem of faculty.

What Students Say
"Professor Hulett is a person whom I admire for her honesty and her ability to defend her position. She is a dedicated professor who encourages her students in both personal and academic life. In the classroom, she handles heated arguments with a mixture of passion and humor that is extremely contagious. Her strong opinions on various issues force her students to be able to defend, justify and explain their positions with detail and clarity."
-Mirelle Warouw, international relations major

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