Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) Eric Keller, United States Army (retired) recived his PhD from the University of Tennessee in 2015 with a focus on American politics, specifically U.S. income inequality, U.S. financial bureaucracies, the financial sector, and partisan politics. Due to his previous U.S. Army experience at the Pentagon, he also focuses on International Relations and U.S. Foreign Policy. He currently teaches American campaigns/elections and U.S. Foreign Policy Process. Along with Professor Nathan Kelly, he recently published a paper on U.S. market income inequality, financial deregulation, and partisanship in the Political Research Quarterly. Additionally, he holds a Masters of Divinity Degree (San Francisco Theological Seminary- 1984), a Masters of Science Degree in Human Development/Family Studies (Kansas State University-1994) and a Masters of Military Arts and Science (U.S. Army Command and General Staff College- 2001). During his Army career, he served as a battalion and brigade chaplain with virtually all branches of the Army, performed marriage & family counseling as a family life chaplain, worked as an instructor and supervisor in the U.S. Army Chaplain School, and finally acted as the U.S. Army Chief of Chaplain's strategist/current operations officer at the Pentagon before retiring in 2008. After retirement, Eric served as a tactical officer at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina before moving to Tennessee to begin school.
Having served 24 years in the U.S. Armed Forces as well as being an Air Force "brat"- Eric is from a host of places. Currently, he lives in Oak Ridge with his wife, Diane Petrilla, where they both love to hike the Smoky Mountains and enjoy traveling all over the U.S.