American Political Thought: New Editorial Team

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American Political Thought: New Editorial Team

JMC is pleased to announce that faculty partner and board member Benjamin A. Kleinerman, of Baylor University, and faculty partner Thomas W. Merrill, of American University, will serve as the new editors of American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture. Danielle Charette, a JMC fellow and postdoctoral research associate and lecturer at the University of Virginia, will be the journal’s new book review editor.

The new team will serve for a four-year term beginning May 15, 2023 and is inheriting the editorship from Jeremy D. Bailey, Susan McWilliams Barndt, and Nick Buccola, who have served in their roles since 2019.

American Political Thought 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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Benjamin A. Kleinerman is the R.W. Morrison Chair of Political Science at Baylor University. His research focuses on the relationship between executive power and the constitutional order. Ben teaches class on both political thought and political institutions and has published multiple works, including The Discretionary President: The Promise and Peril of Executive Power and is in the process of publishing Becoming Commander-in-Chief: A Constitutional Success Story. He has also published in the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, and the Review of Politics, among other journals.

Professor Kleinerman attended JMC’s first summer institute in 2005 and has since moved up the ranks from postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University to a tenured position at Michigan State’s James Madison College and Baylor University.

He is a faculty partner and serves on JMC’s board of directors.

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Thomas MerrillThomas Merrill is an Associate Professor of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University. He is the author of Hume and the Politics of Enlightenment (Cambridge, 2015), which won the Delba Winthrop Prize for Best Recent Work in Political Philosophy. He is also the co-editor of three edited volumes, including The Political Thought of the Civil War (University Press of Kansas, 2018) and has held fellowships from Harvard, Princeton, and the American Enterprise Institute. Additionally, he has been published in the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, and the Review of Politics, among other journals.

Professor Merrill was a senior research analyst for the President’s Council on Bioethics during the George W. Bush administration and is the Associate Director of the Political Theory Institute at American University, which has hosted many public intellectuals from across the political spectrum as well as many academic political theorists. He has served as coordinator of the undergraduate program in Government and, more recently, as chair of the Department of Government.

Professor Merrill is a JMC faculty partner.

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Danielle CharetteDanielle Charette is a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer with the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy and a Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. She has published articles in the American Political Science Review, History of Political Thought, and Political Theory, among other journals, and her work has appeared in The History of Political Thought, The History of European Ideas, and popular outlets such as The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Point, The Chronicle Review, and the Hedgehog Review. Her current research addresses tensions between republican institutions and the emergence of political economy in the writings of David Hume and other Scottish Enlightenment figures. She earned her BA from Swarthmore College and her PhD from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Charette is a JMC fellow.

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