Where Are They Now?
Political Science graduates have made outstanding contributions in countless ways, including service in government, education, journalism, and business.
Please visit our list of alums and their outstanding contributions to the community. Alumni may send us information for inclusion (or updating) on the alumni information form on this page.
Joseph Wysocki, Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, May 2013Joseph Wysocki received his Ph.D. in political science in May of 2013, writing his dissertation on Rhetorical Practice in Congress: A New Way to Understand Institutional Decline. Offering several cases from the history of the American Congress, Wysocki shows that certain uses of rhetoric contribute to the institutional health of Congress, deliberation, regular order, and institutional identity, while others undermine these goals.
Wysocki is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Political Philosophy at Belmont Abbey College, where he has taught since the fall of 2010. He teaches courses in the fields of American politics and constitutional law. His research interests include presidential studies and separation of powers jurisprudence.
David Capper, Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, May 2013David W. Capper received his Ph.D. in political science from Baylor in May of 2013. He titled his dissertation, "Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and Substantive Due Process: Why the Most Powerful Judge in American History Isn't as Crazy as Everybody Thinks He Is." Capper's work challenged the widely accepted characterization of Kennedy as a political moderate or 'swing' Justice, focusing on the substantive due process cases that the Court has heard during Kennedy's tenure. Capper explains how the apparent contradictions in Kennedy's jurisprudence reveal that Kennedy has a consistent methodology for approaching substantive due process cases that is both respectful of the precedent and seeks to limit the Court's power in this area of constitutional law.
Capper's undergraduate degree was from Hampden-Sydney College. While at Baylor, he was awarded the R.W. Morrison Fellowship for the study of the Constitution, in 2009-10, and received the award for outstanding Ph.D. student in 2013. He is currently a student at the School of Law, University of Georgia.
Matt Dinan, Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, May 2012Matt Dinan received his Ph.D. from Baylor in May 2012. His dissertation "The Other as Friend: A Platonic Response to the Political Thought of Jacques Derrida," put Derrida's accounts of democracy, the self, and friendship into critical dialogue with Plato's Socrates. He has published two articles based on this research: "On Wolves and Dogs: The Stranger's Socratic Turn in Plato's Sophist" in Socratic Philosophy and Its Others, eds. Dustin and Schaeffer (Lexington Books, Lanham, MD, 2013) and "Keeping the old name: Derrida and the deconstructive foundations of democracy" in European Journal of Political Theory. He is currently at work on a book manuscript called Jacques Derrida's Democratic Future for Political Philosophy, and an article on justice and principle in Aristotle, Rawls, and Derrida.
Dinan's dissertation research was supported by a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and his dissertation nominated for the 2012 American Political Science Award for best dissertation in political philosophy. At Baylor, he was nominated for the Spring 2010 Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher award and awarded the 2008 Stormie Schott Award and the 2010 Richard D. Huff distinguished doctoral student in political science award. In 2012, he was named a fellow of the Jack Miller Center.
Since 2011, Dinan has taught at College of the Holy Cross in Worester, MA, first as the Veritas Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow and now as a Visiting Assistant Professor. In addition to courses in political philosophy, Matt teaches in the Montserrat Program, Holy Cross' distinctive first year seminar program. He and his wife Vivie, a Ph.D. candidate in Baylor's Religion and Literature program, live in Worcester with their daughters, Joanna and Julia.
Anthony D. Bartl, Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, August 2012Tony Bartl's dissertation, The Principled Constitutionalism of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, examines the powerful "swing" justice's role in shaping the Supreme Court's jurisprudence in the areas of religious liberty, freedom of speech, and the protections of the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process clause. Taking on both the conventional view that Kennedy is unprincipled, pragmatic, and inconsistent and the revisionist view that Kennedy is something approaching a libertarian ideologue, Bartl argues that Kennedy is indeed a highly principled jurist but that his attachment to liberty is often balanced by his commitment to other constitutional principles—most importantly that of equality.
The dissertation was successfully defended in the Summer of 2012 and is currently under contract for publication with LFB Scholarly Publications.
Bartl was hired to a tenure-track job in the Department of Political Science at Angelo State University in 2010 and assumed the title of Assistant Professor upon graduating in 2012. His teaching interests include Constitutional Law, the Supreme Court and Judicial Process, American Political Thought, and Politics and Literature. His research continues to focus primarily on Constitutional Law and Theory and the Justices of the Supreme Court. He now resides in San Angelo, TX.