Fred  Shepherd
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Political Science
Office: 222 Ingalls Hall
Phone: 205-726-2119

Fred Shepherd is Chair and Professor of Samford’s Department of Political Science. His book Christianity and Human Rights: Christians and the Struggle for Global Justice, published by Lexington Press, came out in 2009. He is author of numerous contributions to volumes and journals on Latin America, religion, politics, human rights and genocide. His current work focuses on genocide and human rights, and he has been affiliated with the Lilly Foundation, the Holocaust Education Fund, and the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial and Museum. Dr. Shepherd was recently an invited presenter at the International Association for Genocide Scholars Conference. He was Co-Director of the 2004 Lilly Fellows National Research Conference on Christianity and Human Rights. He is currently at work on studies of comparative genocide with a special focus on Guatemala. He also serves as the local CBS affiliate’s political analyst.

Dr. Shepherd teaches a variety of courses in the Department, including Introduction to Political Science, and, at the upper-level, Politics in Developing Nations, U.S. Foreign Relations, Latin American Politics, Genocide, and Human Rights. He is also enjoys teaching interdisciplinary courses in the University Fellows, Latin American Studies, and Cultural Perspectives programs.

He is married to Lorrin Etka-Shepherd, and has three children: Nick, Andy, and Maddie. He is an avid tennis player and jogger, and an enthusiastic amateur classical vocalist.

Degrees and Certifications

  • B.A., Amherst College
  • Ph.D., Georgetown University