Dr. Eimad Houry

Professor of Political Science and International and Global Studies

Chair International and Global Studies Department

Director of International Affairs Program

Co-Director of Religion and Public Diplomacy Program

Eimad HouryDr. Eimad Houry joined Mercer University as an assistant professor of Political Science in 1991. He has since served as chair of the Department of Political Science from 1992-2012, and then established and chaired the International and Global Studies Department since 2012. Dr. Houry teaches and writes about international and comparative topics ranging from regional studies courses like the Middle East, to broad courses like international security and international law. Dr. Houry is also responsible for an internship program in South Africa, The Religion and Public Diplomacy Minor, the Faith-Based Diplomacy Certificate Program, the Model United Nations and Model Arab League programs.

Teaching and research interests

  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics Economic Development
  • Middle East Political Economy

Courses I created, developed, and taught at Mercer

  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Politics of the Middle East
  • Politics of Developing Countries
  • International Political Economy
  • Principles of International Law
  • Special Topics: Islam and Politics
  • Women in Developing Countries
  • Special Topics: Understanding Islam
  • Senior Capstone: Human Prospects in a World of Scarcity
  • Senior Seminar in Political Science
  • Model Arab League/Model United Nations Course
  • Special Topics: Arabic Language and Cultures
  • Current Events Colloquium
  • Honors Seminar: How Soccer Explains the World!
  • Post-Apartheid Transitions in South African
  • Engaging the World
  • Senior Research Design
  • Senior Project
  • Religious Extremism and Conflict Resolution

Other courses taught at Mercer

  • Freshman Seminary Program
  • Scientific Inquiry
  • University 101
  • Senior Capstone: Causes of War
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • West European Political Systems
  • International Conflict and Security
  • Politics of Communist States
  • Comparative Communist Systems
  • Independent Research Supervised
  • Supervised Independent Reading

Study abroad trips

  • Summer in Costa Rica, 2003
  • Study Abroad Tour of Morocco, 2004
  • Study Abroad Tour of the United Kingdom, France and Belgium, 2006
  • Faculty-led Study Abroad to Dubai: 2009, 2011, 2013-2017
  • Mercer on Mission to South Africa: 2008, 10, 12, 14, and 16
  • Mercer on Mission to Georgia: 2017

Administrative positions

  • Pre-Law Advisor, Mercer University, 1998-2006
  • Director of International Affairs Programs, 2000-Present
  • Director of Global Ambassador Program, 2007-Present
  • Director of Integrative Studies, Engaging the World, 2011-2015
  • Chairman, Department of Political Science, 1992-2012
  • Chairman, International and Global Studies Department, 2012-Present

Contact Dr. Eimad Houry


(478) 301-2793
houry_e@mercer.edu