Political Science Faculty


Susan Turner Haynes
Assistant Professor


Ph.D., George Mason University
M.A., George Mason University
B.A., University of Tennessee

Susan Turner Haynes joined the faculty of Lipscomb University in 2015. She holds a Doctoral Degree in Political Science from George Mason University, and will publish her book, Behind the Buildup: Motivations Behind China's Nuclear Modernization, with Potomac Books/University of Nebraska Press in the Spring of 2016. Professor Haynes's prior publications include an article in Asian Perspectives (2008), an article in Comparative Strategy (2009) and a chapter in the most recent Ashgate Research Companion on Chinese Foreign Policy(2012).  She specializes in Chinese-American relations and issues around the topic of nuclear proliferation.

Marc Schwerdt
Assistant Professor


Ph.D., University of Tennessee
M.A., University of Alabama
B.A., Lipscomb University

Marc Schwerdt has been on faculty at Lipscomb University since 2005, having taught previously at Oklahoma Christian University. Dr. Schwerdt is a frequent guest and commentator on Inside Politics (WTVF), Morning Line (WTVF), Fox Evening News (WZTV) and an occasional contributor to the opinion page of the Tennessean. He has been an invited speaker to the Nashville Public Archives. He sponsors Lipscomb’s Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society (Alpha Zeta Upsilon chapter), its Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature delegation and its team entry for the Appellate Moot Court Collegiate Challenge (AMC3). Dr. Schwerdt has been a member of the American Political Science Association, the International Society of Political Psychology, the Western Political Science Association and is treasurer of the Tennessee Political Science Association.

Professor Schwerdt’s research centers on political socialization and the role of mass media as an alternative source of civic education. He has published in Social Science Quarterly, Politics and Policy, and co-authored a chapter in City-County Consolidation: Promises Made, Promises Kept? (Georgetown University Press 2010). Dr. Schwerdt has presented papers at the International Society of Political Psychology, the Western Political Science Association and the Tennessee Political Science Association. He teaches a variety of courses at Lipscomb, including Introduction to Politics, Modern Political Thought, American Political Thought, International Relations, International Political Economy and Public Policymaking. 

Guy Vanderpool
Visiting Professor


M.A., George Washington University
B.A., Harding University

Mr. Guy Vanderpool has been a visiting professor of political science at Lipscomb since 1996. He teaches History of Modern China and the Far East, American Foreign Policy, and Intelligence and National Security. He is a Senior Fellow of the Center for International Peace and Justice. Vanderpool came to Lipscomb after a 35 year career with the National Security Agency where he specialized in foreign policy issues and counter-intelligence.

Dwight Tays
Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., University of Mississippi
M.A., George Peabody College
B.S., University of North Alabama

Dwight Tays began his career at Lipscomb in 1985. His areas of academic specialization include American government, public law and public administration. In the past, he has been the Chair of the Department of History, Politics and Philosophy, the President of the Tennessee Political Science Association, on the Board of Visitors of Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, on the Academic Advisory Committee for the Tennessee Legislative Internship Program, a Co-chair of the Membership Committee of the American Society for Public Administration, Middle Tennessee Chapter, on the Board of Directors for Nashville Christian School, and employed as a Pre-Law Advisor.

Professor Tays has many article publications on a variety of political topics. He has also presented several papers in political meetings. He research included a study of the legal status of Indian Nations within the U.S. political system, empirical application of theoretical concepts of presidential decision making, and formulating policy and administrative recommendations at the state level. Professor Tays was a frequent visitor to the Tennessee State House, where he provided political consulting services.