Pierre Atlas, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science
Director of the Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies
(317) 955-6336


Pierre Atlas is a Professor of Political Science and Director of The Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies (which includes the minor in Global Studies, the Lugar Fellow scholarship program, and the annual Global Studies Speaker Series). Dr. Atlas also writes a monthly opinion column for The Indianapolis Star and organizes and leads the biennial Lugar Fellow spring break trip to Washington, DC. Atlas obtained his Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University in 2000 and holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Political Science from the University of Arizona and the University of Toronto, respectively. A native of Texas, Dr. Atlas grew up in California; he served in the US Army in the 1980s, where he studied Arabic. While living in Tucson, Arizona in his years between college and graduate school, Atlas held various jobs, including writer for a public relations agency; car rental agent; gun department manager at a sporting goods store; US Census crew leader; long-distance courier; and briefly, copper miner at 2,615’ below ground.

Research interests

  • Legacy of the North American Frontier
  • Comparative Frontier History
  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • Global Studies
  • Comparative Politics
  • Middle Eastern Politics

Courses taught

  • POL 102 Introduction to American Politics
  • POL 155 Introduction to Peace Studies
  • POL 210 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POL 347 American Foreign Policy
  • POL 355 Politics of the Middle East
  • POL 357 Civil Wars and Ethnic Conflicts
  • POL 361 Politics of the Global Economy
  • POL 490 Senior Seminar
  • GLS 101 Global Perspectives
  • FYS 110 When the West was Wild: American Politics and the Mythology of the Frontier
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