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Director

Alan Levine

Alan Levine

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Director, Political Theory Institute and Associate Professor

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 fellowshi... [More]

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Associate Director

Thomas Merrill

Thomas Merrill

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Assistant Professor

Thomas W. Merrill is an assistant professor in the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University. His research and teaching interests include political philosophy, especially early modern political philosophy, bioeth... [More]

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Core Faculty

G. Borden Flanagan

G. Borden Flanagan

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Assistant Professor

On research leave at the University of Toronto for the academic year 2014-2015. Borden Flanagan’s area of expertise is the history of Western political philosophy. His teaching and research interests include ancient, renaissance, modern and postmoder... [More]

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Sarah Houser

Sarah Houser

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Professorial Lecturer

Sarah L. Houser is a professorial lecturer in the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Her research and teaching interests include patriotism and cosmopolitanism, the role of place in political life, and th... [More]

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Faculty Associates

Karen Baehler

Karen Baehler

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Scholar in Residence

Professor Karen Baehler holds a Ph.D. in Policy Sciences from the University of Maryland (1999), where she also earned a Master of Public Policy (1991). Her B.A. is from St. Olaf College (1981), where she majored in Philosophy. Professor Baehler brin... [More]

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Daniel Dreisbach

Daniel Dreisbach

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Professor

Professor Dreisbach's principal research interests include American constitutional law and history, First Amendment law, church-state relations, and criminal procedure. He has written extensively on these topics. He has authored or edited five books ... [More]

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Laura Field

Laura Field

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Professorial Lecturer

Laura K. Field is a political theorist in the School of International Service. She specializes in ancient and modern political thought, with particular interest in questions of rhetoric and political culture. Dr. Field’s research has been published i... [More]

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Bradley Hardy

Bradley Hardy

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Assistant Professor

Bradley Hardy is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy. His research interests lie within labor economics, with an emphasis on economic instability, intergenerational mobility, poverty policy, and socio-economic outcomes. Within ... [More]

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Jeremy Janow

Jeremy Janow

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Professorial Lecturer

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Jeffrey Reiman

Jeffrey Reiman

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Professor

Jeffrey Reiman is the William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942. After receiving his PhD, he joined the American University faculty in 1970, in the Center for the Administration of Justice (now called... [More]

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CAS - Philosophy and Religion


Paul Wapner

Paul Wapner

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Professor

Professor Paul Wapner’s research focuses on global environmental politics, environmental thought, transnational environmental activism, and environmental ethics. He is particularly concerned with understanding how societies can live through this hist... [More]

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