Where Are They Now?
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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.
Thomas R. Pope, Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, May 2011Thomas Pope's dissertation, Balancing Liberty of Contract with Police Power: A Hobbesian Approach, explores the apparent tension in American jurisprudence between the freedom of individual citizens and the responsibility of the state to provide for a more general welfare. In it, he argues that the Court has failed to provide a rationale that is able to comprehend both of these basic needs of liberal society. As a corrective, he looks back to our Constitution's roots in Social Contract Theory, finding a reconciliation in Thomas Hobbes that views individual freedom and the public good as interdependent rather than antagonistic.
Pope's research interests include classical and American liberalism, early modern political philosophy, and American constitutional law (esp. early 20th century federalism and substantive due process).
Since 2010, Pope has been serving as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Lee University, where he teaches Political Theory and Constitutional Law.