Thomas Just


Thomas Just is a Lecturer in the School of Public and International Affairs. He received his PhD from Florida International University in July 2017. He currently teaches courses on U.S. National Security Policy, International Organizations, and American Politics. His primary areas of research include public diplomacy, security studies, and the intersections of religion and politics.

  • PhD, Florida International University 2017, International Relations
  • MPP, Pepperdine University 2011, International Relations and Economics
  • BA, Baylor University 2009, International Studies and German
Areas of Expertise
  • International Relations
  • Public Diplomacy
  • Security Studies
  • Religion and Politics
  • Central and Eastern European Politics
  • American Politics
  • Public Policy
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • UNESCO Young Ambassador for Peace Award, 2017
  • Dissertation Year Fellowship – Florida International University, 2017
  • Florida Political Science Association – Best Graduate Student Paper, 2015
  • Global Jewish Communities Initiative Research Fellowship, 2014 – 2017
Selected Publications

Just, Thomas (2016). “Promoting Russia Abroad: Russia’s Post-Cold War National Identity and Public Diplomacy,” Journal of International Communication 22(1): 82-95.

Just, Thomas (2015). “Public Diplomacy and Domestic Engagement: The Jewish Revival in Poland,” Place Branding and Public Diplomacy 11(4): 263-275.

Just, Thomas (2015). “Post-Communist Recovery and the State: The Case Studies of Poland and Ukraine,” Florida Political Chronicle 24(1): 41-54.

Just, Thomas (2011). “The Political and Economic Implications of Great Lakes Invasive Species,” Pepperdine University Policy Review 5(1): 5-15.