Troy Goodale is an Oklahoma native who was raised in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area before moving to Knoxville prior to entering high school. Living in the nation's capitol began his interest in government and politics.
Troy received his bachelor's of arts degree from the University of Tennessee in political science, with a minor in cultural studies that focused on Asian culture. He earned his master's degree and doctorate in political science, also from the University of Tennessee. Troy's master's studies specialized in political theory; conversely, his doctoral studies were generalized across multiple areas.
Troy's dissertation is in the 'United States Government and Politics' sub-field, examining legislative term limits in state governments. In 2008, he published a book on this subject, entitled Repealing State Legislative Term Limits: A Comparative Analysis of Legislative Statutes and Judicial Decisions. Additionally, Troy is a contributor of entries on Term Limits and the American Nazi Party in the Encyclopedia of American Civil Rights and Liberties. ed. by Otis H. Stephens, John M. Scheb, and Kara E. Stooksbury (2006).
Troy presented a paper at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association Midwest, in St. Louis, MO, entitled: "Unilateral Enforcement of the Versailles Treaty: Lessons for Today?" He was also the Panel Chair and Discussant for the topic of 'Religion and Theory', at the 2006 Religion & Nation NEXUS Interdisciplinary Conference in Knoxville, TN. Troy has run for public office on two occasions, served in different officer positions in political party organizations, and has worked in numerous electoral campaigns. He studied abroad in China in 2006; and participated in a Tusculum College faculty trip to Italy in 2009.
Troy has been an instructor at the University of Tennessee since 2003, where he has taught Political Science 101 and 102: 'United States Government and Politics' and 'Introduction to Political Science', respectively. Troy currently teaches Political Science 374, 'American Political Thought'; and also teaches Political Science 411, the 'Presidency'.
Additionally, Troy has been a faculty member at Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN since 2006; and currently serves there as the Chair of the Political Science & Pre-Law Department. At Tusculum, he teaches courses in political theory, American government, comparative government, international relations, and a number of the college's general education inter-disciplinary courses. Troy serves as the faculty adviser and mentor to various Tusculum College student organizations, including: the college's chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, and the College Republicans.