Professor of Political Science
Graduate Program Director
B.A., Boston College
M.A., University of Toronto
Ph.D., University of Toronto
W. Burns' research interests are in the history of political philosophy;
classical and modern political thought; politics and literature; politics and
religion; Shakespeare's political thought; and the thought of Leo Strauss. His
books include Shakespeare’s
Political Wisdom and The
Key Texts of Political Philosophy: An Introduction (with Thomas L.
Pangle). He is co-editor of Palgrave MacMillan's Recovering Political Philosophy Series.
Professor Burns came to Baylor in the fall of 2013. Before coming to Baylor he taught at Skidmore College, Southwest Texas State (now Texas State), Hiram College, and as Visiting Professor at Boston College. He chairs the Northeast section of the Society for Greek Political Thought, and has served as a reviewer for many journals, including American Political Science Review, American Political Thought, Polis, Journal of Church and State, Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Review of Politics, and Social Philosophy Today.
Courses at Baylor:
The Key Texts of Political Philosophy: An Introduction (with Thomas L. Pangle). Cambridge University Press, September 2014.
The Future of Liberal Education (co-edited with Peter A. Lawler). Routledge, October 2014
Shakespeare’s Political Wisdom, Palgrave Macmillan, April 2013.
Recovering Reason: Essays in Honor of Thomas L. Pangle (editor). Lexington Books. Hardcover and Paperback editions, August 2010. See review at: http://tinyurl.com/4ewbqxp
After History? Francis Fukuyama and His Critics (editor), Rowman and Littlefield, 1994.