Dr. John Froitzheim

John L. Froitzheim, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

(804) 828-2076

Founders Hall, 827 West Franklin Street, Rm 327

Comparative politics

International relations

Public law


  • Ph.D., Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia, 2009
  • LL.M., Transnational Business Practice, McGeorge School of Law
  • J.D., St. John’s University School of Law
  • Bachelor's, Political Science and History, SUNY Stony Brook. 

Research Interests

John’s academic interests focus on the politics of developing countries, especially Africa, and the building and collapse of institutions. His dissertation focused on state building and democratization in Botswana and Mauritius. He has presented research at the American Political Science Association’s Annual meetings on topics ranging from African state formation, comparative methodology, civil-military relations, democratization and accountability, urbanization in the third world and violence, and globalization and the spread of infectious diseases. He is currently focusing his research on modern state formation and collapse and also on international environmental issues.


  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Politics of Developing Countries
  • Politics of Africa
  • Global Environmental Governance