JMC 2019 Summer Institutes

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JMC 2019 Summer Institutes: “America in the Republican Tradition”


This summer, emerging scholars of American political thought and history will convene in Philadelphia from June 26 to July 3 and August 14 to August 21 to consider “America in the Republican Tradition.” Participants will attend a variety of seminars and presentations led by accomplished faculty and participate in professional development workshops.

These Summer Institutes will turn to the origins of what the Founders called this “experiment” in republican self-government and draw from a variety of texts from the founding period to the present. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with other early-career scholars as well as senior faculty with similar interests and concerns. They will join JMC’s community of fellows dedicated to the study and teaching of America’s founding principles, consisting of some 900 JMC Fellows on over 300 college campuses across the country.

Institute Faculty

James Ceaser
(University of Virginia): “Rationalism and Traditionalism in American Political Development”

Diana Schaub (Loyola University Maryland): “Our Republican Robe is Soiled, and Trailed in the Dust”

Michael Gillespie (Duke University): “The Theological Origins of American Republicanism”

Daniel Cullen (Rhodes College): “The Citizen in the Commercial Republic”

Jeffrey Tulis (University of Texas at Austin): “Federalist #10 and the Science of Indirect Government”

Wilfred McClay (University of Oklahoma): “Citizens versus Experts”

Ioannis Evrigenis (Tufts University): “Republic and Commonwealth”

George Thomas (Claremont McKenna College): “Constructing Free Speech in Republic Government”

Benjamin Kleinerman (James Madison College, Michigan State University): “Checks and Balances and the Preservation of the Separation of Powers”



James Ceaser headshotJames Ceaser is Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1976. He has written several books on American politics and political thought, including Presidential Selection (Princeton University PRess, 1979), Liberal Democracy and Political Science (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992), and Reconstructing America (Yale University Press, 2000). Professor Ceaser has held visiting professorships at the University of Florence, the University of Basel, Oxford University, the University of Bordeaux, and the University of Rennes. He is a frequent contributor to the popular press, and he often comments on American Politics for the Voice of America.

Professor Ceaser is a JMC Board Member.

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Diana Schaub lecturingDiana Schaub is a Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Maryland and a contributing editor at New Atlantis. She is a member of the Hoover Institution’s Jill and Boyd Smith Task Force on the Virtues of a Free Society. In 2001, she was the recipient of the Richard M. Weaver Prize for Scholarly Letters and from 2004 to 2009 she was a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics. Professor Schaub is the author of Erotic Liberalism: Women and Revolution in Montesquieu’s Persian Letters (Rowman and Littlefield, 1995), along with a number of book chapters and articles in the fields of political philosophy and American political thought. She is a co-editor of What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song (ISI, 2011). Professor Schaub’s work has also appeared in National AffairsThe New Criterion, The Public Interest, The American Enterprise, the Claremont Review of Books, Commentary, First Things, The American Interest, and City Journal.

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Michael Gillespie headshotMichael Gillespie is a Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Duke University. He is the Director of both the Duke Program in American Values and Institutions and the Visions of Freedom Focus Program. He works in political philosophy, with particular emphasis on modern continental theory and the history of political philosophy. He is the author of Hegel, Heidegger and the Ground of History, Nihilism before Nietzsche, and The Theological Origins of Modernity. He is also co-editor of Nietzsche’s New Seas: Explorations in Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Politics, Ratifying the Constitution, and Homo Politicus, Homo Economicus. He has published articles on Montaigne, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Existentialism, and various topics in American political thought and public philosophy, as well as on the relation of religion and politics.

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Daniel Cullen is a Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College and directs the Project for the Study of Liberal Democracy, a program supporting teaching, scholarship and critical discussion of the principles of constitutional government and the philosophical sources of those principles in the Western intellectual tradition. He teaches a wide variety of courses in the history of political thought, contemporary political ideas. He serves on the board of the Association for Core Texts Studies and Courses, an international organization devoted to the advancement of liberal education. Professor Cullen is the author of Freedom in Rousseau′s Political Philosophy (1993), and has published various essays on Rousseau, Montaigne, democratic theory, liberal education and most recently, on the political philosophy of Roger Scruton. His most recent book is Liberal Democracy and Liberal Education (2016), which he edited and co-authored. He is currently writing a book on the philosophy of Roger Scruton.

Professor Cullen is a Senior Fellow for Constitutional Studies at the JMC and serves on the Center’s Academic Council.

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Jeffrey TulisJeffrey Tulis is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas, Austin. His interests bridge the fields of political theory and American politics, including more specifically, American political development, constitutional theory, political philosophy and the American presidency.  He has served as President of the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association. He received the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Texas. His most recent book (co-authored with Nicole Mellow) is Legacies of Losing in American Politics (Chicago, 2018).

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Wilfred McClayWilfred M. McClay is the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma. His research interests focus on the intellectual and cultural history of the United States, with particular attention to the social and political thought of the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of American religious thought and institutions, and the theory and practice of biographical writing. A recipient of many teaching awards and honors, he has been the recipient of fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Academy of Education. Professor McClay previously served on the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities. His book, The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America, won the 1995 Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians for the best book in American intellectual history. Most recently, he is the author of  Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story (Encounter Books, 2019).

Professor McClay is a JMC board member.

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Ioannis EvrigenisIoannis Evrigenis is a Professor of Political Theory at Tufts University. He teaches courses on ancient and early modern political thought, the social contract, and ethics and international relations, as well as seminars on Plato, Machiavelli, Hobbes, and political theory methods. He holds a B.A. from Grinnell College, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. His doctoral dissertation was awarded the Herrnstein Prize. Professor Evrigenis is co-editor of Johann Gottfried Herder’s Another Philosophy of History and Selected Political Writings (Hackett, 2004). He is also the author of articles on a wide range of topics in political theory, and of Fear of Enemies and Collective Action (Cambridge University Press, 2008), which received the 2009 Delba Winthrop Award for Excellence in Political Science. His most recent book is entitled Images of Anarchy: The Rhetoric and Science in Hobbes’s State of Nature (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

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George ThomasGeorge Thomas is the Burnet C. Wohlford Professor of American Political Institutions at Claremont McKenna College. He is the winner of the American Political Science Association’s 2006 Alexander L. George Award for the Best Article on Qualitative Methods and serves as an officer for the American Political Thought section of APSA. Professor Thomas specializes in the topics of American constitutionalism, American political thought, constitutional law, and the Supreme Court. He has written extensively on the Constitution, the Founders, and the history of American education. His latest book is The Founders and the Idea of a National University: Constituting the American Mind (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and he has published articles in Perspectives on Politics, Polity, National Affairs, and Critical Review, among others.

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Benjamin KleinermanBenjamin Kleinerman is Associate Professor of Constitutional Democracy at James Madison College, Michigan State University. He also serves as the Chair of the American Political Thought section of APSA. He has published articles in Perspectives on Politics (APSA), American Political Science Review, Texas Law Review and several edited volumes including Nomos and The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Professor Kleinerman has also been invited to give talks at Yale University, the University of Notre Dame, Xavier University, Kenyon College, and the University of Cincinnati. His first book, The Discretionary President: The Promise and Peril of Executive Power (University Press of Kansas, 2009), has been reviewed in The New Republic and Political Science Quarterly. He teaches classes on both political thought and political institutions. Professor Kleinerman has also published on other subjects including literature and politics and American political history.

Professor Kleinerman is a JMC board member.

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