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 Holder, John   Name:  John T.R. Holder 
Title:  Adjunct Faculty in Political Science 
Ph.D., Public Policy, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2013
M.Phil., Political Science, The George Washington University, 1993
M.A., Political Science, The George Washington University, 1990
B.A., Political Science, Haverford College, 1985

Office:  340 Bancroft Hall  
Phone:  803/323-4665 
American Government, State and Local Government, The National Executive, The Congress, The Judiciary, Public Opinion and Political Socialization, Political Parties and Practical Politics, South Carolina Government and Politics (cross-listed with the African American Studies Program), The Human Experience: Who Am I? (in University College).
John Holder is a native and resident of Rock Hill. He represents the fourth generation of his family to be associated with Winthrop, and the second to be a faculty member in the Department of Political Science. He began teaching at Winthrop in 1995, with interruptions to continue his graduate education and complete his doctorate. His dissertation analyzed election reform in North Carolina. He previously served as the faculty advisor for the Winthrop chapters of Circle K and Habitat for Humanity, and is currently the advisor for the College Democrats and South Carolina Student Legislature. He is President Elect of the North Carolina Political Science Association and Vice President of the South Carolina Political Science Association.

Prior to returning to his home town and embarking on his teaching career, he lived in Washington, DC, for ten years, where he worked for three members of South Carolina's Congressional delegation and for a presidential campaign. He is the former Secretary of the York County Democratic Party, and was one of South Carolina's delegates to the 2000 Democratic National Convention. He is also a former board member of the Kiwanis Club of Rock Hill and of Habitat for Humanity of York County, and was Clerk of the Vestry and Chair of the Mission and Outreach Committee at the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Rock Hill. He has a West Highland White Terrier named Wellstone. As a hobby growing out of his interest in teaching State and Local Government, he has visited every state Capitol building in the country.

He paid for his doctoral studies at UNC Charlotte by winning $59,350 on the Dec. 20, 2004, episode of "Wheel of Fortune."