American Political Thought: Winter 2022 Issue

American Political Thought Journal: Winter 2022 Issue


American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture, has recently published its Winter 2022 issue, which includes pieces by JMC faculty partners Susan McWilliams Barndt and James Patterson.



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  1. “The Opportunist: James W. Sullivan and the Origins of the Initiative and Referendum in the United States,” Richard J. Ellis
  2. “Adam Smith’s Unmerited Censure: Revisiting a Satirical 1764 Pamphlet on Slavery,” Daniel B. Klein and Kendra H. Asher
  3. Keeping the ‘Perfect Sweetness … of Solitude’: Toward a Consistent Emersonian Political Theory,Justin D. Rattey
  4. “David Foster Wallace and the Audience of Democratic Authority,” Joel Winkleman

Review Essays:

  1. Henry Adams: The Political Wisdom of His Biography, History, and Freedom,” Natalie Fuehrer Taylor
  2. “Who Decides What We Do with Our Despair?” Jared Loggins

Book Reviews:

  1. Why Moralize Upon It? Democratic Education through American Literature and Film, by Brian Danoff,” Timothy Wyman McCarty
  2. The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War, by Louis Menand,” Susan McWilliams Barndt
  3. Reclaiming Patriotism in an Age of Extremes, by Steven B. Smith,” Randal Hendrickson
  4. White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America, by Anthea Butler,” James M. Patterson
  5. Why the New Deal Matters, by Eric Rauchway,” Richard W. Coughlin



“The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War, by Louis Menand,” Susan McWilliams Barndt

Susan McWilliams Barndt reviews The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War by Louis Menand, describing the chapters as “wildly engrossing, covering everything from the theories of Hannah Arendt to the paperback revolution in publishing to the music of John Cage.”

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Susan J. McWilliamsSusan McWilliams Barndt is a Professor of Politics and Coordinator of Public Policy Analysis at Pomona College. She is the co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal American Political Thought and the co-editor of the American Political Thought book series at the University Press of Kansas. She is the author of The American Road Trip and American Political Thought and Traveling Back: Toward a Global Political Theory. She has also edited several books, most recently A Political Companion to James Baldwin and The Best Kind of College: An Insiders’​ Guide to America’s Small Liberal Arts Colleges (co-edited with John Seery). Her writing has been published widely, including in Boston Review, Bust, Front Porch Republic, The Nation, Perspectives on Political Science, Political Science Quarterly, The Review of Politics, and The Star-Ledger. McWilliams Barndt received her B.A. in Political Science and Russian from Amherst College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University.

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“White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America, by Anthea Butler,” James M. Patterson

James Patterson reviews White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America by Anthea Butler, noting that “While Butler makes her positions clear, her discussion of the academic work is lucid and, in places, quite gripping. There are some problems with argumentation, but these are perhaps due to her polemical ends and the compromises authors must make when addressing a general audience.”

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James PattersonJames M. Patterson is an Associate Professor and Chair of Politics at Ave Maria University. His areas of research include race, religion, and American political development. He has published academic work on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, and biblical narratives in American political rhetoric, and he has published more popular essays and book reviews for Modern Age, Society, Library of Law and Liberty, and Public Discourse. In 2019, the University of Pennsylvania Press published his first book, Religion in the Public Square: Sheen, King, and Falwell. This book examines how very different religious leaders sought to influence national politics by preaching their interpretation of American political foundations. His next research project examines the religious assumptions beneath contemporary social science methodology.

Professor Patterson is a 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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