Glenn M. Harden, Ph.D. – Asbury University
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Assistant Professor, Political Science & History

Department: Social Science & History

Office: Morrison 101

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Biographical Information

Dr. Glenn M. Harden is a native of Wilmore, Kentucky, his parents having served in the local public school system. He recently completed his PhD in Political Science (International Relations) at the University of Kentucky (2021) and holds degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary (MA Theological Studies, 2011), George Mason University (MA History, 2001), and The George Washington University (BA International Affairs 1992). He loves to teach and has taught high school and college, including at Asbury University as a Lecturer since the Fall of 2019. Glenn engages in both quantitative and qualitative research, and his current research focus is the transnational diffusion of human trafficking policy. From 2003 to 2015, Glenn and his wife lived in the Dominican Republic where among many other activities and ministries, they also engaged in the heart- breaking work of dog rescue. Glenn is a “high church Methodist”, currently attends Wilmore Anglican church, and is an oblate of St. Brigid of Kildare Monastery, a dispersed Benedictine-Methodist monastic community.


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Kentucky, December 2021
    • Thesis: The Transnational Diffusion of Human Trafficking Policy
    • International Relations, Comparative Politics
  • M.A. Theological Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary, January 2011
  • M.A. History, George Mason University, January 2001
  • B.A. International Affairs, The George Washington University, May 1992

Research Interests

  • Human trafficking policy and advocacy
  • Religion and politics

Select Publications

  • The Sex Trade, Evil and Christian Theology, Wipf & Stock, 2016

Select Conference Presentations

  • Evaluating Bias in U.S. TIP Reports and Sanction Decisions
    • 19th Annual International Human Trafficking & Social Justice Conference, virtual, 23 September 2022
  • The Efficacy of Irresolute Sanction Threats for the Diffusion of Human Trafficking Policy
    • 79th Annual MPSA Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 8 April 2022
    • ISA Midwest Annual Conference, St. Louis Missouri, 19 November 2021
  • The Efficacy of US Sanctions for Promoting Desired Anti-Trafficking Policies
    • 18th Annual International Human Trafficking & Social Justice Conference, virtual, 22 September 2021
  • The Transnational Diffusion of Trafficking Policy (and You)
    • 10th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, 11 February 2020
  • Sexual Exploitation and the Meaning of Authority
    • Colloquium on Social Holiness, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, April 2018

Professional Associations

  • Global Association of Human Trafficking Scholars
  • International Studies Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association

Select Professional Experience

  • Instructor, Baker College Online, 2008-2015
  • Online Writing Tutor, NCS Pearson (formerly Smarthinking Inc.), 2008-2012
  • Social Studies Teacher, Wilson Memorial High School, Fishersville, Virginia, 2001-2003
  • Contract Specialist & Supervisory Contract Specialist, Fleet & Industrial Supply Center Norfolk Detachment Washington, 1992-1999

Community Service

  • Member, Kentucky Human Trafficking Task Force, 2016-present
    • Data Working Group, 2017-present
  • Founder and Director of two non-profit organizations to assist victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and their families, 2010-2017
    • Alianza contra el Comercio Sexual en la Republica Dominicana, Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic
    • Priceless International, Inc., Wilmore, Kentucky
  • Dog rescue, Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic, 2007-2015


  • Virginia Postgraduate Professional Teaching License, expires June 30, 2031
    • History and Social Science

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