American Political Thought: Spring 2024 Issue


American Political Thought Journal: Spring 2024 Issue


American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture, has recently published its Spring 2024 issue, which includes pieces by JMC scholars Raúl Rodríguez, Samuel Goldman, Laura K. Field, and Jordan Cash.



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  1. Tough Love: James Baldwin’s Artistic Politics,” Jacob Little
  2. James Wilson’s Reidian Alternative to John Locke,” David Ferkaluk
  3. Ambiguities of Associations: James Baldwin and the Case of the Nation of Islam,” David Jenkins
  4. Tocqueville and Native Americans,Raúl Rodríguez

Review Essay:

  1. “The Problem of American Conservatism, Revisited,” Samuel Goldman

Book Reviews:

  1. “Toni Morrison: Imagining Freedom, by Lawrie Balfour,” Shannon Mariotti
  2. “The Two Faces of Democracy: Decentering Agonism and Deliberation, by Mary F. Scudder and Stephen K. White,” Nicolas Tampio
  3. “Liberalism against Itself: Cold War Intellectuals and the Making of Our Times, by Samuel Moyn,” Andrew Gibson
  4. “Conservative Thought and American Constitutionalism since the New Deal, by Johnathan O’Neill,” Laura K. Field
  5. “Israel’s Declaration of Independence: The History and Political Theory of the Nation’s Founding Moment, by Neil Rogachevsky and Dov Zigler,” Michael Brenner
  6. “Compromise and the American Founding: The Quest for the People’s Two Bodies, by Alin Fumurescu,” Jordan Cash
  7. “Small Isn’t Beautiful: The Case against Localism, by Trevor Latimer,” Colin W. Rowe
  8. “Saul Alinsky and the Dilemmas of Race: Community Organizing inthe Postwar City, by Mark Santow,” Vijay Phulwani



“Tocqueville and Native Americans,” Raúl Rodríguez

“This article argues that Alexis de Tocqueville’s political philosophy was shaped by his personal encounters with Native Americans. By unearthing his letters and posthumously published writings, this article reveals how these experiences helped him think through key theoretical concepts he used in Democracy in America, such as freedom, restlessness, and justice. This article advances the work of scholars who have recognized the noteworthy aspects of Tocqueville’s encounters and intervenes in recent scholarship that views him as either indifferent to the fate of Native Americans or operating within a settler colonial ideology. Tocqueville’s engagement with Native Americans is more substantive and positive than previously believed. Overall, this article prompts scholars to reexamine Democracy with fresh eyes—to see how Native Americans helped Tocqueville understand modern liberal democracy.”

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Raúl Rodríguez is a Dean’s Research Associate in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. His research and teaching focus on the classic texts of political philosophy, especially those in the French tradition. He is currently writing a book on Alexis de Tocqueville and the crisis of liberal democracy. His writings have appeared in venues such as the American Journal of Political Science, the journal of American Political Thought, and The Review of Politics.

Dr. Rodríguez is a Miller fellow.

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“The Problem of American Conservatism, Revisited,” Samuel Goldman

“In 1994, Alan Brinkley pronounced American conservatism an “orphan” in historical scholarship. The next two decades saw an explosion of literature not only in history but also in social science disciplines. Much of that scholarship aimed to normalize conservatism by placing it within the political and sociological mainstream. Since the election of Donald Trump, however, the consensus has changed, with scholars seeking antidemocratic, white supremacist, and other disreputable antecedents for modern conservatism. This essay discusses two recent contributions to the field, Nicole Hemmer’s Partisans and George Hawley’s Conservatism in a Divided America, both of which emphasize the novelty of Trump-era conservatism rather than elements of historical and ideological continuity.”

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Samuel GoldmanSamuel Goldman is an Associate Professor of Political Science, executive director of the John L. Loeb, Jr. Institute for Religious Freedom, and director of the Politics & Values Program at The George Washington University. His first book God’s Country: Christian Zionism in America was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2018. His second book, After Nationalism, was published from the University of Pennsylvania Press in early 2021. In addition to his academic research, Goldman’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.

Professor Goldman is a Miller fellow.

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“Conservative Thought and American Constitutionalism since the New Deal, by Johnathan O’Neill,” Laura K. Field

“Johnathan O’Neill’s most recent book, Conservative Thought and American Constitutionalism since the New Deal, is a crisp, clear, and thorough history of scholarly conservative approaches to the American constitutional order in the twentieth century. In a crowded field of new books about conservative intellectualism, both academic and more popular, O’Neill’s book stands out for its rigor and sharp focus. In some respects the book is an updated version of George H. Nash’s The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America since 1945 (1976), and in others it is a useful companion to Ken Kersch’s 2019 book Conservatives and the Constitution…”

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Laura FieldLaura K. Field is a Scholar in Residence at the School of International Service at American University. She has held faculty positions at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, as well as at Georgetown and American Universities in DC. Her research has been published in the Journal of Politics, The Review of Politics, and Polity, and she has also written for The Bulwark and The New Republic. Dr. Field is currently working on a book for Princeton University Press about reactionary intellectualism and the future of American conservatism.

Dr.Field is a JMC Miller fellow.

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Compromise and the American Founding: The Quest for the People’s Two Bodies, by Alin Fumurescu,” Jordan Cash

“With a title like Compromise and the American Founding, one might expect a book that details how the founders, through tough debate and deliberation, created the proverbial “bundle of compromises” that is the US Constitution. And during a period of intense hyperpolarization, such a book would indeed be welcome.

Yet the book provided by Alin Fumurescu is far more than a mere description of the compromises that shaped the United States. At its core, it articulates the deep theoretical conceptions about who and what is “the people” and traces the manner in which those differing—and often conflicting—definitions have shaped early American political thought and practice. It is a testament to the book’s scope and depth that the title is in some ways too narrow to indicate the breadth of Fumurescu’s investigation and its contribution to American political thought and political theory…”

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Jordan CashJordan Cash is an Assistant Professor in the James Madison College at Michigan State University. His research focuses on American politics, constitutional law, and American political thought and development. His work has appeared in Polity; American Political Thought; Presidential Studies Quarterly; Law and History Review; Congress & the Presidency; Journal of Transatlantic Studies; and Laws. He has also published chapters in several edited volumes. He was previously a Lecturer at Baylor University and the Founding Director of the Zavala Program for Constitutional Studies, as well as a post-doctoral research specialist in the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy at the University of Virginia.

Professor Cash is a Miller fellow and JMC faculty partner.

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American Political Thought journal coverAmerican Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture is a JMC supported journal that bridges the gap between historical, empirical, and theoretical research. It is the only journal dedicated exclusively to the study of American political thought. Interdisciplinary in scope, APT features research by political scientists, historians, literary scholars, economists, and philosophers who study the foundation of the American political tradition. Research explores key political concepts such as democracy, constitutionalism, equality, liberty, citizenship, political identity, and the role of the state.

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