• Associate Professor of Government & Foreign Affairs

    Morton Hall, 322
    (434) 223-6377

Professor Warner Winborne left the service of the College in July 2007 to serve a one-year term as a contract firefighter in Iraq. From July 2007 through July 2008, Dr. Winborne exchanged academic regalia for turnout coat, helmet, boots and bunker pants, and worked at CSC Scania, a small military base about 100 miles south of Baghdad. During this time, Dr. Winborne provided fire suppression, fire prevention, hazardous materials remediation and emergency medical services to the coalition forces, civilian contractors, and local and third-country nationals who lived and worked on the base. In July 2008, Dr. Winborne returned to his many duties at Hampden-Sydney College.


Ph.D., Northern Illinois University, 2001
M.A., Northern Illinois University, 1993
B.A., Hampden-Sydney College, 1988

Teaching Interests

Comparative Politics 
Political Development 
Asian Politics 
Middle East Politics 
Latin American Politics 
Research Methods

Professional Affiliations

American Political Science Association 
Center for the Study of the Constitution,  Executive Director 
Midwest Political Science Association 
Bill of Rights Institute, Institute Fellow

Public Lectures

"The Fourteenth Amendment and the Incorporation Controversy" at George Mason Law School, for the Bill of Rights Institute, July, 2002.
"The Fourteenth Amendment and the Incorporation Controvery" and "Search, Seizure and Privacy" at George Mason Law School for the Bill of Rights Institute, July 2003. 
"Executive Power in Times of Crisis: Theory and Practice", a Teaching American History Lecture, delivered August 2003 at the Norfolk, VA Botanical Gardens.

Invited Conference Participation

Mercatus Center for Law and Economics, June 2007
"Summer Institute" Lehrman American Studies Center, June 2009

Recent Publications and Papers

"Modernization and Modernity: Thomas Hobbes, Adam Smith and Political Development" Perspectives on Political Science Winter 2008.
"Equal Protection and Fundamental Fairness" Landmark Supreme Court Cases 2007.
"Civil Rights and Students" Landmark Supreme Court Cases 2007.
"Review of Aliens in America: The Strange Truth About Our Souls by Peter Lawler". Perspectives on Political Science Winter 2002.
"Sizing Up Vehicular LODD" Fire Engineering June 2009.
Who's In Charge Here? Luther v Borden and the Political Questions Doctrine delivered at the American Political Science Association, September 2009.
Political Development and Classical Humanism delivered at the Midwest Political Science Association, April, 2004.

Committee Assignments & Service to the College and Community

Academic Affairs Committee 
Executive Committee 
Committee on Appointments 
Faculty advisor to Young Democrats 
Faculty advisor to Pi Sigma Alpha, honorary political science fraternity 
Volunteer firefighter, Hampden-Sydney Volunteer Fire Department, Sergeant