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Program for Visiting Scholars

Graduate Students may propose inviting a scholar to campus whose research is relevant to his or her dissertation or other research agenda. In addition to conferring with the graduate student host about his or her work, the visiting scholar will lead a seminar discussion with graduate students and faculty on his or her own research--specifically, a published article, book chapter, or conference paper that will be distributed to faculty and students before the seminar. Visiting Scholars often visit campus in conjunction with a SIC 'EM grant from Baylor's Graduate School.


Denise Schaeffer analyzes Rousseau's handling of the tension between democratic stability and civic engagement

Denise Schaeffer

Dr. Denise Schaeffer, Associate Professor of Political Science at the College of the Holy Cross, led a discussion on March 27, 2013, with Baylor faculty and graduate students on her paper, "Patriotism, Judgment, and the Question of Citizenship in Rousseau's Political Philosophy." The seminar led by Dr. Schaeffer explored the tension between democratic stability and civic engagement. She made the case that Rousseau deals with this problem in at least two ways: first, by arguing for small and self-sufficient communities and second, by opening the door for public judgment on past leaders. The first feature is necessary to preserve the integrity and encourage the prudence of citizens. The second offers the possibility of corporate introspection and criticism so that a regime continues to be accountable to its citizens and remains concerned for an intentional communal identity.

Dr. Schaeffer has published numerous articles on Rousseau, as well as other figures in the history of political philosophy including Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, and Derrida. Her book, Roussea on Education, Freedom, and Judgment, was published by Penn State University Press in 2013. She is the former chair of the department of political science at the College of the Holy Cross and currently directs the College's first year program for incoming students.
The seminar was sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Baylor Graduate School, in connection with a SIC 'EM event proposed by Catherine Mathie and Josh King.


Dan Mahoney discusses new book, The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order

Visiting Scholars Program_MahoneyDan Mahoney is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. On April 15, 2011, he discussed his new book, The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order. His lecture was sponsored by the Visiting Scholars Program, and was hosted by doctoral candidate Jerome Foss. Professor Mahoney has further published on statesmanship and liberalism as well as on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. His books include: editing The Solzhenitsyn Reader: New and Essential Writings, 1947-2005 (ISI Books, 2006 with Edward E. Ericson, Jr.); Bertrand de Jouvenel: The Conservative Liberal and the Illusions of Modernity (ISI Books, 2005); Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Ascent from Ideology (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001); De Gaulle: Statesmanship, Grandeur, and Modern Democracy (Praeger, 1996); and The Liberal Political Science of Raymond Aron (Rowman & Littlefield, 1992).

The lecture was held on April 15, 2011. Professor Mahoney discussed two chapters from his book: Chapter One titled "Tocqueville and the Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order" and Chapter Three titled "Taking Greatness Seriously: Statesmanship in a Democratic Age."

Lee Ward's Seminar on "John Locke on International Relations"

Visiting Scholars Program_Ward Lee Ward, Alpha Sigma Nu Distinguished Professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan discussed a chapter of his forthcoming book, John Locke and Modern Life, titled "John Locke on International Relations" with faculty and students on Friday, April 23, 2010. His seminar was sponsored by the Visiting Scholars Program, and hosted by doctoral candidate Patrick Cain. Professor Ward has published extensively on the political philosophy of Locke, including articles on punishment and property, moral knowledge, toleration, international relations, executive power, and liberal constitutionalism. He has also published chapters discussing the theories of thinkers such as Spinoza, Hugo, and Leibniz, as well as an article on Montesquieu, titled "Montesquieu on Federalism and Anglo-Gothic Constitutionalism" (The Journal of Federalism, 2007). His books include The Politics of Liberty in England and Revolutionary America (Cambridge University Press, 2004), and the forthcoming John Locke and Modern Life (Cambridge University Press).


Michael Davis Discusses "The Soul of the Greeks" at Baylor

Michael DavisMichael Davis, Professor of Philosophy at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, held a seminar at Baylor hosted by doctoral candidate Steve Block. Professor Davis has published widely on Greek philosophy and tragedy as well as on such philosophers as Descartes, Rousseau, and Nietzsche. His books include Wonderlust: Ruminations on Liberal Education (St. Augustine's Press, 2006); The Autobiography of Philosophy: Rousseau's The Reveries of the Solitary Walker (Rowman and Littlefield, 1999); The Politics of Philosophy: A Commentary on Aristotle's Politics (Rowman and Littlefield, 1996); Aristotle's Poetics: The Poetry of Philosophy (Rowman and Littlefield, 1992); and Ancient Tragedy and the Origins of Modern Science (Southern Illinois University Press, 1988). He also is the co-translator of Aristotle's Poetics (with Seth Benardete) (St. Augustine's Press, 2002).

Professor Davis discussed his new book The Soul of the Greeks with faculty and graduate students on November 20, 2009. Participants read the "Introduction: The Soul of Achilles" and Chapter 3, "The Soul as Self and Self-aware" (on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics).


Tulis Speaks on "Structure and Power in The Federalist"

Tulis and NicholsJeffrey K. Tulis, Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, spoke to students and faculty on October 26, 2009 on "Structure and Power in The Federalist." Professor Tulis visited campus as part of our Visiting Scholars Program. In addition to his seminar on The Federalist, he met with PhD candidate Joseph Wysocki, who is writing a dissertation titled "Congressional Rhetoric: Going Public and Its Effects on the Institution," and with other graduate students in the program.

Professor Tulis's interests include American political development, the presidency, and constitutional theory. His publications include The Presidency in the Constitutional Order (LSU, 1981), and The Rhetorical Presidency (Princeton, 1987), and journal articles and chapters on topics that recently include constitutional interpretation, the logic of political change, and the meaning of political success. Several collections of essays on The Rhetorical Presidency with responses by Tulis have been published, most recently a special double issue of Critical Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Politics and Society, 2007. His current research spans topics in political theory and American politics, including problems of constitutional design, Tocqueville, and the effects of major political loss on American political development. He is completing a book on the problem of institutional deference, and is working on the Legacies of Loss in American Politics.

Professor Tulis has served as President of the Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association, and has held research fellowships from NEH, ACLS, Olin Foundation, Harvard Law School, and the Mellon Preceptorship at Princeton University, where he taught before moving to Texas. He has held visiting positions at Notre Dame and Harvard. He is co-editor of the Johns Hopkins Series in Constitutional Thought.


Kessler Talks to Students and Faculty about his Work on Tocqueville

Sanford KesslerApril 2009, Professor Sanford H. Kessler held a seminar at Baylor on his work on "Tocqueville's Puritans: Christianity and the American Founding." Professor Kessler is Associate Professor of Political Science at North Carolina State University, and also teaches as an adjunct professor at Duke University. His book on Tocqueville's Civil Religion: American Christianity and the Prospects for Freedom was published in the SUNY Series in Religion, Culture, and Society. He also served as the editor of a new translation of Tocqueville's Democracy in America (Hackett 2000).

Professor Kessler's visit was sponsored by a grant from the Jack Miller Center for Teaching American Founding Principles and History, and hosted by PhD candidate Patrick Cain. Professor Kessler's visit became the model for the Department's Visiting Scholars Program.