About Steven Alan Samson
Dr. Steven Alan Samson has been a professor of government at Liberty University since 1998. His research and writing focus on the European and American intellectual, cultural, and constitutional traditions, giving particular attention to their ideological challengers. Dr. Samson holds the B.A. and M.A. degrees in political science from the University of Colorado and the Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Along the way he also obtained teacher certification, worked as a freelance writer/editor, and pursued graduate studies in history and library science. Since 1977, he has taught political science, history, geography, and humanities at a dozen colleges in half a dozen states: Oregon, Indiana, Michigan, Florida, Texas, and Virginia. After the Helms School of Government was founded in 2004, Dr. Samson served for three years as the department chairman. A native of Portland, Oregon, Dr. Samson has loved to travel for as long as he can remember. He also enjoys his wide-ranging library of books, periodicals, travel photography, and recordings of symphonic and chamber music. He and his wife Sally, who works as an R.N., own a grass-seed farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and live in an antebellum farmhouse in Virginia. They have four grown children and seven grandchildren.