Timothy Burns

Timothy Burns
Professor & Graduate Program Director
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Professor of Political Science
Graduate Program Director (on leave 2022-2023)


Ph.D., University of Toronto
M.A., University of Toronto
B.A., Boston College


Curriculum Vitae

Timothy W. Burns is editor in chief of Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy. His 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 articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Polis, The Review of Metaphysics, Klesis, Logos, Interpretation, First Things, The Political Science Reviewer, The Claremont Review of Books, and Philanthropy.

His most recent books include:

Shakespeare’s Political Wisdom (Palgrave: 2013)

The Key Texts of Political Philosophy (Cambridge: 2014)

The Future of Liberal Education (Routledge: 2014)

Brill's Companion to Leo Strauss' Writings on Classical Political Thought (Brill: 2015)

Philosophy, History, and Tyranny: Re-examining the Debate Between Leo Strauss and Alexandre Kojeve (SUNY Press: 2016)

Most of his articles and book chapters can be found at this link.

Articles and book chapters


Professor Burns is also co-editor of Palgrave MacMillan's Recovering Political Philosophy series. He chairs the Northeast section of the Society for Greek Political Thought, and he serves as a reviewer for a number of journals and publishers.

Before coming to Baylor in the fall of 2013 Professor Burns taught at Skidmore College, Texas State (formerly Southwest Texas State), Hiram College, and as a visiting professor at Boston College.


Courses at Baylor

PSC 3363 Ancient and Medieval Political Thought

PSC 3373 Western Political Thought: Modern

PSC 4313 Politics and Literature - Comedy

PSC 4313 Shakespeare's Tragedies

PSC 5343 Classical Political Thought: Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Politics

PSC 5393 Advanced Seminar: Thucydides

PSC 5393 Advanced Graduate Seminar: Xenophon's Cyropaedia


Selected Publications

Philosophy, History, and Tyranny: Re-examining the Debate Between Leo Strauss and Alexandre Kojeve. Co-editor (with Bryan-Paul Frost). SUNY Press, December, 2016.

Brill's Companion to Leo Strauss’ Writings on Classical Political Thought. Editor. Brill Academic Publishing, September, 2015.

The Key Texts of Political Philosophy: An Introduction (with Thomas L. Pangle). Cambridge University Press, September 2014.

The Future of Liberal Education. Co-editor (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, August 2010.

See review of Recovering Reason

After History? Francis Fukuyama and His Critics. Editor. Rowman and Littlefield, 1994.


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