Dr. Samuel Lucas McMillan, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Lucas McMillan


Lander University
Department of Political and Social Sciences

320 Stanley Avenue

Greenwood, South Carolina 29649



(864) 388-8275 phone

(864) 388-8020 fax

smcmillan@lander.edu e-mail


Lucas McMillan joined the Lander University faculty in 2008 as Assistant
Professor of Political Science.  He was awarded the Monica Martin Stranch Endowed Professorship for exemplary teaching in 2012.

His book, The Involvement of State Governments in U.S. Foreign Relations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), overviews the increasing involvement of U.S. states and governors in international issues since the 1950s. It examines political, economic, and defense contexts of foreign relations and provides a detailed examination of U.S. states' work to attract foreign investment and promote exports.  The book also analyzes intergovernmental relationships and compares U.S. states' activities with other sub-state governments.

Dr. McMillan's research  appears in the journals Foreign Policy Analysis, International Interactions, and International Studies Perspectives.  He has also written book reviews and teaching commentary for other publications such as the Journal of Political Science Education and published many policy-oriented pieces and op-ed essays in The Diplomat and regional newspapers. Dr. McMillan also provides analysis for reporters from newspapers and wire services, and has been quoted in The Washington Post and by the Associated Press.

Dr. McMillan's teaching and research interests include foreign policy, constituent diplomacy (paradiplomacy), international political economy, European politics and integration, U.S. state politics, and federalism.

He served as President of the South Carolina Political Science Association in 2011-2012 and is regularly involved in professional service.  At Lander, he is heavily involved in the Lander University Honors College and co-chair of Lander's chapter of the American Democracy Project.  He is also a big promoter of study abroad and coordinates the university's participation in the Washington Semester Program of the University of South Carolina Honors College.

A native of Mullins, South Carolina, Dr. McMillan is a graduate of Mullins High School. He earned a B.A. in government and economics from Wofford College and spent a semester studying at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He returned to Great Britain as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and earned an M.A. in international relations at the University of Warwick in England. He completed his Ph.D. in political science from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. McMillan enjoys living in Greenwood with his wife, two adorable boys, and crazy dog, Mona.

Front cover of book
To learn more about Dr. McMillan, you can see page 8 in the summer 2012 edition of The Legacy, the magazine of the Watson-Brown Foundation.