Assistant Professor with Term
BA Political Science and English, Colgate University, 1993
PhD Politics, Princeton University, 2004
POLS 311: Pillars of Western Political Thought: Revolution and the Social Contract
What makes state authority legitimate? What, if anything, can warrant revolution as a means of political, social, or economic change? This course examines the origins of liberalism in early modern ideas of legitimacy, rights, and obligations, with primary emphasis on foundational thinkers from the crucial period between 1648 and 1848. Readings may include Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, and Martin Luther King Jr., among others.
Restrictions: Sophomore Standing Required