What is your educational background?
- Ph.D. and M.A. in Politics, University of Dallas
- B.A. in Political Science, Grove City College
What are the main focuses of your research?
The main focuses of my research are the interaction of religion and politics, Catholic social thought, and early modern political philosophy.
What specific courses or specialties do you teach?
I teach some courses related to political and moral philosophy – including Classical Political Thought, Modern Political Thought, Political Philosophy and the Christian Intellectual Tradition, Political Ideologies and Philosophy of Law. I also teach some courses related to American politics such as State and Local Government, Public Policy, and Parties, Interest Groups, and Elections.
What is the most important piece of advice you give students to help them succeed?
Take advantage of this great opportunity you’ve been given to seek knowledge and understanding. As with any worthwhile endeavor, knowing and understanding takes time and effort, but it is rewarding.
How do you weave this advice into your classroom?
I seek to model for students’ careful reading of important texts and demonstrate excitement and humility in seeking understanding.
Selected Publications (Edited Volumes & Book Chapters)
- Co-editor, Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Teaching, Social Science, and Social Policy, Volumes 1 and 2 (Scarecrow Press, 2007). Volume 3: Supplement (Scarecrow Press, 2012).
- “Great Books, Students’ Souls, and Political Freedom: Reflections on Allan Bloom’s Closing of the American Mind,” in Faith, Freedom and Higher Education, edited by P.C. Kemeny. (Wipf and Stock, 2013).
- “Church, State, and School Choice,” in. Church-State Issues in America Today, edited by Steven Jones and Ann Duncan (Praeger, 2008).
- “Serving the Person Through the Political Community” in Catholic Social Teaching: American Reflections on the Compendium, edited by D. Paul Sullins. (Lexington Books, 2008).
Is there any additional personal experience you would like for us to share?
While primarily a political theorist, I also like practical aspects of politics. I’ve helped on regional political campaigns, and I served eight years as a member of the Borough of Grove City Council.