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Dan Koev, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Associate Professor, Government, History & Criminal Justice757.352.4659

Dan Koev, Ph.D.


Prior to joining the faculty at Regent University, Dr. Koev was a graduate instructor at the University of Illinois and a researcher at the Cato Institute. He has been honored with many teaching awards and was named four times to University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked Excellent. His research interests include religious liberty and church-state relations, and ethnic and nationalist politics.

Koev is recognized for working closely with his students to help them grow and accomplish their educational and career goals. He says, “I emphasize the cultivation of moral virtue and transferrable skills — critical thinking, writing, research design principles — that will serve students well regardless of the path they choose in life. I seek to cultivate these values and skills by offering extensive constructive feedback on student work, by engaging in one-on-one communication and developing strong relationships. Few things in life are as rewarding as seeing the progress my students make over time as both thinkers and people.”

Koev was born in Yambol, Bulgaria, and emigrated to the United States as a child. He became a naturalized American citizen in 2005. He is married with two children and enjoys reading, playing and watching soccer, cooking and spending time with his family.


Ph.D., Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign B.A., Political Science, Bemidji State University


2015 “Interactive Party Effects on Electoral Performance: How Ethnic Minority Parties Aid the Populist Right in Central and Eastern Europe” in Party Politics 21.4, pp. 649-59.


2018 “Not Taking it on Faith: State and Religious Influences on European Court of Human Rights Judges in Freedom of Religion Cases” in Journal of Human Rights

2018 “Why Ethnic Parties? A New Theory of Ethnic Minority Political Strategy in Europe” in Nations and Nationalism


American Political Science Association, Member
Southern Political Science Association, Member


2013 Named to University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked Excellent
2011 Awarded “High Pass” on Comparative Politics Qualifying Exam, University of Illinois
2011 Named to University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked Excellent
2010 Named to University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked Excellent
2009 Named to University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked Excellent