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Political Theory Institute


Political Theory Institute

Political Theory Institute
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016


  1. Alan Levine, Director, Political Theory Institute and Associate Professor

    SPA - 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 fellowshi… More

    Send email to Alan Levine

    (202) 885-6257

Associate Director

  1. Thomas Merrill, Associate Professor

    SPA - Government

    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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    (202) 885-6246

Core Faculty

  1. Sarah Houser, Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Government

    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

    Send email to Sarah Houser

    (202) 885-6263

  2. G. Borden Flanagan, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Government

    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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    (202) 885-6495

Faculty Associates

  1. Karen Baehler, Scholar in Residence

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    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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    (202) 885-6072

  2. Daniel Dreisbach, Professor

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Professor Dreisbach earned a doctor of philosophy degree from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia. His principal research interests include American constitutional law an… More

    Send email to Daniel Dreisbach

    (202) 885-2380

  3. Laura Field, Professorial Lecturer

    SIS - School of International Service

    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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    (202) 885-1694

  4. Bradley Hardy, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    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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    (202) 885-3881

  5. Jeremy Janow, Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Government

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  6. Jeffrey Reiman, Professor Emeritus

    Please contact at Reiman is the William Fraser McDowell Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Social Policy. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942. After receiving his PhD, he joined the American University faculty in… More

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    (202) 885-2925

  7. Paul Wapner, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    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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    (202) 885-1647