Director, Political Theory Institute and Associate Professor
Department of Government
- Alan M. Levine is Associate Professor of political theory in the Department of Government and the founding director of the Political Theory Institute. He is also an Affiliate Associate Professor in AU’s Department of Philosophy. He has held fellowships at Princeton’s James Madison Program; the Hoover Institution at Stanford; and the Institute of US Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. A specialist in the history of Western political thought, Professor Levine's teaching and research interests include the theoretical principles of the United States, the concept of "America," and ancient, renaissance, modern, and postmodern political theory. He has published on Montaigne, Machiavelli, Nietzsche, Chinua Achebe, Judith Shklar, European views of America, and the origins of toleration. He has had fellowships from the NEH, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy to study counter terrorism in Israel, and to conduct archival research in France and the UK. He has received SPA’s Outstanding Teaching Award (2000 & 2001); SPA’s Outstanding Teaching in General Education Award (2000); and AU's Award for Outstanding Teaching in the General Education Program (2008).
DegreesPh.D. Harvard University
M.A. Harvard University
B.A. University of Chicago
Area of Expertise: Philosophical foundations of the U.S. government, comparative democracy, European perceptions of America, historical and modern issues of toleration, postmodernism, ethics, human rights, history of political philosophy
Additional Information: Alan M. Levine has been awarded several grants and fellowships, including those from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, the Institute for United States Studies within the University of London's School of Advanced Study, and the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is author of the book Sensual Philosophy: Toleration, Skepticism, and Montaigne's Politics of the Self (2001). Levine is also the founder and president of the Washington, D.C., Political Theory Colloquium and has worked for the U.S. Department of State in Dakar, Senegal. He is a regular consultant for the U.S. State Department's International Visitors Program.
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