John T. Spence, Ph. D., AICP

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today My first year at TMU was 2007

B.A., George Mason University, Fairfax, VA (1981)

M.C.P., University of Cincinnati School of Planning, Cincinnati, OH (1985)

Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH (2003)

Areas of Expertise and Research Interests

The focus of Dr. Spence’s research is on local governance, political behavior, and civic engagement.


"From City Council to City Manager: Government in Covington," in Gateway City: Covington, Kentucky 1815 - 2015. Paul A. Tenkotte, James C. Claypool and David E. Schroeder, editors. Clerisy Press, 2015. Chapter 14, Pages 319 - 343.

"Cincinnati: Charter Conflict and Consensus" in James H. Svara and Douglas J. Watson, eds., More than Mayor or Manager: Campaigns to Change Form of Government in America's Large Cities. Georgetown University Press, 2010.

Military Service

U. S. Army veteran

Additional Information

An associate professor of political science, Dr. Spence holds a Bachelor of Arts in geography from George Mason University (1981), a master's degree of community planning (University of Cincinnati, 1985) and has been recognized as a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1984 (Certification #10531). Dr. Spence was awarded a doctorate in political science from the University of Cincinnati (2003) with specializations in American government, political behavior, and public administration. He joined the Thomas More faculty in 2007 after two years as a visiting professor of American government at Xavier University (Ohio).

A member of the American Political Science Association, Kentucky Political Science Association, the Urban Affairs Association, and the National Political Science Honor Society – Pi Sigma Alpha (1998), Dr. Spence is also an active member of the American Planning Association (Kentucky Chapter).  At Thomas More, he is the faculty liaison with the Political Science Club and Honor Society, assists students in securing internships, and has contributed to the college’s expansion of study abroad opportunities. 

Dr. Spence’s academic background is enhanced by his extensive professional experience.  As a U. S. Army veteran, with over 20 years of experience in economic development and city planning, having worked in both the private and public sector, in regional, county and municipal settings, and with experience as an elected official and community activist, he brings both theoretical and practical knowledge to the classroom. 


Employee Roles
Departments Positions Titles
Philosophy, Political Science, & Interdisciplinary Studies Faculty Professor

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