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, Emerson, Chinua Achebe, Judith Shklar, European views of America, the Enlightenment's idea of commerce, 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).
Ph.D. Harvard University
M.A. Harvard University
B.A. University of Chicago