Political Theory


Alphabetical List of Experts on Political Theory

Stephen Baskerville
Areas of Expertise:
International politics with a special focus on family and social policy, gender politics, political theory, religion and politics.
Background:
Dr. Baskerville is Associate Professor of Government at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, where he teaches courses in international relations and political theory.  He is also Research Fellow at the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society and at the Independent Institute. He is particularly interested in international family and social policy and issues of sexuality and gender.  He received his B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from The American University School of International Service and School of Government and his Ph.D. in Government from the London School of Economics.  He has taught politics and international affairs at Howard University (1987-1992 and 1997-2005) and Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic (1992-1997).  He has written on the history of political ideas with a focus on religion and politics, especially in Not Peace but a Sword:  The Political Theology of the English Revolution (Routledge, 1993).  He now writes mostly on the politics of the family and sexuality, most notably in Taken Into Custody: The War Against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family (Cumberland House, 2007).  He served as the President of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children (2005-2007), is currently a Fulbright scholar at the Russian State University for the Humanities, and serves as managing editor for the International Journal for Religious Freedom.  He is now working on a book on sexual politics in international perspective.  In addition to scholarly writings, he writes frequently for current affairs publications and appears in the media
Contact Information:
E-mail:  skbaskerville@phc.edu
Phone:  (540) 441-8232
Website: Patrick Henry College Faculty Page
J. Daryl Charles
Areas of Expertise:
The natural law, the just war tradition, religion and culture, religion and politics, bioethics, evangelicalism, Christian social ethics
Background:
Dr. J. Daryl Charles is Director and Senior Fellow of the Bryan Institute for Critical Thought & Practice. He is author, co-author, or co-editor of eleven books, including (with David D. Corey) The Just War Tradition Reconsidered (forthcoming), (with DavidB. Capes) Thriving in Babylon(2010), (with Timothy J. Demy) War, Peace, and Christianity (2010), Retrieving the Natural Law: A Return to Moral First Things(2008),and Between Pacifism and Jihad: Just War and Christian Tradition (2005). Charles served as the 2007-2008 William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion & Public Life at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University. Before entering the classroom, Charles did public-policy research in the realm of criminal justice. His work has been published in a wide array of both scholarly and  popular journals, including the Journal of Religious EthicsChristian Scholars ReviewFirst ThingsBooks & Culture,National Catholic Bioethics QuarterlyPhilosophia ChristiEthics & MedicinePro Ecclesia, and the Journal of Church and State.
Contact Information:
E-mail: daryl.charles@bryan.edu
Phone: (423) 775-7265
Website: Bryan College Faculty Page
H. Lee Cheek, Jr.
Areas of Expertise:
American politics, Political theory, Southern politics, Methodism
Background:
Dr. H. Lee Cheek, Jr., is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Political Science at Athens State University in Athens, Alabama.  He received his bachelor's degree from Western Carolina University, his M.Div. from Duke University, his M.P.A. from Western Carolina University, and his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.  He has also been a congressional aide and a political consultant.  Dr. Cheek's books include Political Philosophy and Cultural Renewal (Transaction/Rutgers, 2001, with Kathy B. Cheek); Calhoun and Popular Rule, published by the University of Missouri Press (2001; paper edition, 2004); Calhoun: Selected Speeches and Writings (Regnery, 2003); Order and Legitimacy (Transaction/Rutgers, 2004); an edition of Calhoun's A Disquisition on Government (St. Augustine's, 2007); a critical edition of W. H. Mallock's The Limits of Pure Democracy (Transaction/Rutgers, 2007); a monograph on Wesleyan theology (Wesley Studies Society, 2010); and an edition of the classic study, A Theory of Public Opinion (Transaction/Rutgers, 2011).  He has also published dozens of scholarly articles in publications like the Journal of Politics, Methodist  History, International Social Science ReviewHebraic Political Studies, and is a regular commentator on American politics.  Dr. Cheek’s current research includes completing an intellectual biography of Francis Graham Wilson (I.S.I. Books), a study of the American Founding, and a book on Patrick Henry's constitutionalism and political theory.  Cheek is also an ordained United Methodist minister and former parish minister and U.S. Army chaplain..
Contact Information:
E-mail: lee.cheek@athens.edu
Phone: (256) 233-8114
Website: Personal Website
Robert P. George
Areas of Expertise:
Constitutional law, civil liberties, moral and political philosophy, natural law theory, and law and religion. 
Background:
Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.  He has served on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the President’s Council on Bioethics, and was a Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award.  A graduate of Swarthmore College, he holds J.D. and M.T.S. degrees from Harvard University, and a D.Phil. from Oxford University, in addition to many honorary degrees.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Citizens Medal and the Honorific Medal of the Republic of Poland for the Defense of Human Rights.  He is the author of Making Men Moral:  Civil Liberties and Public Morality (1995), In Defense of Natural Law (1999), and The Clash of Orthodoxies (2002), and co-author of Embryo: A Defense of Human Life (2008) and Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics (2008). 
Contact Information:
E-mail: rgeorge@princeton.edu
Phone: (609) 258-3270
Website: Princeton Faculty Page
Thomas Heilke
Areas of Expertise:
International Relations, Political Theory
Background:
Thomas Heilke is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Global and International Studies at the University of Kansas. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Calgary, and his Ph.D. from Duke University (1990). He is the author of several books, including: Voegelin on the Idea of Race: An Analysis of Modern European Racism (1990); Nietzsche’s Tragic Regime: Culture, Aesthetics, and Political Education (1998); Eric Voegelin: The Quest for Reality (1999). He is also editor or co-editor of several books, and author of numerous of articles and chapters in the areas of political theory, religion and politics, Protestant political thought, and international relations. When his administrative duties allow, he is currently at work on a co-authored book with his colleague, Brent Steele: As for the Gods: Religion in International Politics, under contract in the New Millennium Books in International Studies series at Rowman and Littlefield. He is also working on a book that examines ideas of friendship in the Protestant Reformation, and another that compares the political thought of John Howard Yoder and Reinhold Niebuhr.
SpeakingProfessor Heilke is available to lecture on topics related to his areas of expertise. Possible talks include:
"What is 'Global Religion,' Why Does it Matter, and What Should we Know About It?"
"What is Friendship? Why Does Thinking About Friendship Matter to Thinking About Religion or Politics?"
"How Should Christians Think About Politics?"
"Is it Possible for Christians to Think About Politics?"
Contact Information:
E-mail: heilke@ku.edu
Phone: (785) 864-6254
Website: University of Kansas Faculty Page
Murray Jardine
Areas of Expertise:
Political Philosophy, Theology, Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Religion and Culture, Religion and Politics
Background:
Murray Jardine is Jane Dickson Lanier Professor of Political Science at Auburn University.  His field is political philosophy.  He completed his Ph.D. at Duke University in 1992.  He has won numerous teaching awards. He has published two books, Speech and Political Practice(SUNY Press, 1998) and The Making and Unmaking of Technological Society (Brazos Press, 2004), and has published articles dealing with philosophical and theological issues related to politics.  His current research is directed toward synthesizing recent work in political philosophy and theology.
SpeakingProfessor Jardine is available to lecture on topics related to his areas of expertise. Possible talks include:
"The Meaning of Freedom"
"Christianity and the Crisis of Modern Technological Societies"
"Christianity and Modern Communications Media"
"Christianity and Science"
Contact Information:
E-mail: jardimu@auburn.edu
Phone: (334) 844-6162
Website: Auburn University Faculty Page
Glenn A. Moots
Areas of Expertise:
Religion and Politics, Reformed Theology, Politics and the Reformation, Colonial/Revolutionary America, John Locke, Civil Religion, Political Theory, Higher Education.
Background:
Glenn A. Moots is Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Northwood University (Michigan). He is also Director of Northwood’s Forum for Citizenship and Enteprise. He is author of Politics Reformed: The Anglo-American Legacy of Covenant Theology. (University of Missouri Press, 2010). He has also authored articles on various topics (e.g. John Locke, religion and politics in America, democratic theory) in Hebraic Political Studies, Locke Studies, Perspectives on Political Science, Humanitas, Journal of Markets and Morality, Journal of Politics, Eighteenth Century Studies, Anglican & Episcopal History, and The University Bookman. He earned his PhD at Louisiana State University and also has graduate degrees in philosophy and financial economics. He is presently working on a book presenting the historical roots of American civil religion.
SpeakingProfessor Moots is available to lecture on topics related to his areas of expertise. Possible talks include:
"Is There Such a Thing as Christian America?"
"Why John Locke Matters"
"Preparation or Playpen? How to go to college"
“Answering the Call: Turning Your Education into a Vocation”
Contact Information:
E-mail: moots@northwood.edu
Phone:  (989) 837-4255  
Website: Northwood University Faculty Page
Ellis Sandoz
Areas of Expertise:
Political Philosophy
Background:
Ellis Sandoz is the Hermann Moyse, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University and Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies.  He was educated at LSU (B. A., 1951; M. A., 1953), the universities of North Carolina, Georgetown, Heidelberg, and the University of Munich where he completed his doctorate (Dr. oec. publ.) with Eric Voegelin in 1965, the only American to do so.  Professor Sandoz is a specialist in the field of political philosophy (American, European, and Russian), and he approaches problems of public policy from that perspective.  He founded and remains secretary of the Eric Voegelin Society.  He has authored, coauthored, or edited twenty books, including: Republicanism, Religion and the Soul of America (2006); The Politics of Truth and other Untimely Essays: The Crisis of Civic Consciousness (1999); A Government of Laws: Political Theory, Religion and the American Founding 2nd (2001);Political Sermons of the American Founding Era, 1730 to 1805 2 vol. (1998); Eric Voegelin's Significance for the Modern Mind (1991); The Roots of Liberty: Magna Carta, Ancient Constitution, and the Anglo-American Tradition of Rule of Law 2nd (2008); Political Apocalypse: A Study of Dostoevsky’s Grand Inquisitor, 2d ed. rev. (2000); and The Voegelinian Revolution: A Biographical Introduction, 2d ed. rev. (2000).
Contact Information:
E-mail: esandoz@lsu.edu
Phone: (225) 578-2552
Website: Eric Voegelin Institute Director Page
Jeanne Heffernan Schindler
Areas of Expertise:
Political Philosophy, Catholic Social Thought
Background:
Jeanne Heffernan Schindler is an assistant professor in the Department of Humanities at Villanova University.  She received her Ph.D. in government from the University of Notre Dame and taught at Pepperdine University for several years before joining the Villanova faculty in 2004.  Professor Schindler's intellectual interests are interdisciplinary, integrating philosophical and theological concerns with her primary training in political science.  She has lectured and published in a variety of areas, including Catholic social thought, democratic theory, virtue ethics, and faith and learning.  Professor Schindler edited Christianity and Civil Society: Catholic and Neo-Calvinist Perspectives in 2008 and is currently co-editing a volume on the work of German philosopher Robert Spaemann.  She is married to David Schindler, Jr. and is the mother of two sons, Davy and John.
Contact Information:
E-mail: jeanne.schindler@villanova.edu 
Phone: (610) 519-4687
Website: Villanova University Faculty Page

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