Lee Ward

Lee Ward
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Professor of Political Science


Ph.D., Fordham University
M.A., Brock University
B.A., University of Toronto


Courses at Baylor


PSC 2302 American Constitutional Development

PSC 2343 Western Political Thought

PSC 3353 American Political Thought

PSC 3373 Western Political Thought: Modern

PSC 4373 British Liberal Tradition

PSC 4383 Contemporary Political Theory

Graduate Courses Taught:

PSC 5310 American Political Thought

PSC 5311 Locke and Rousseau on Education

PSC 5340 The American Founding


Selected Publications


Modern Democracy and the Theological-Political Problem in Spinoza, Rousseau, and Jefferson. New York: Palgrave MacMillan Publishers, 2014.

John Locke and Modern Life. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

The Politics of Liberty in England and Revolutionary America. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004. (Paperback published 2010).           



John Locke, Two Treatises of Government.  Edited, and Introductory Essay and Notes by Lee Ward. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 2016.

Natural Right and Political Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Catherine Zuckert and Michael Zuckert. South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013. (Co-edited with Ann Ward)

The Ashgate Research Companion to Federalism. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Co., 2009. (Co-edited with Ann Ward)



“Equity and Political Economy in Thomas Hobbes,” American Journal of Political Science. Vol. 64, No. 4 (October) 2020: 823-835.

“Rekindling ‘Democratic Embers’: Rawls and Habermas on Public Reason,” The European Legacy: Special Issue on Reconsidering Democracy. Vol. 24. Nos. 7-8 (December) 2019 (DOI: 10.1080/10848770.2019.1648964, first published online August 15, 2019).

“Thomas Hobbes and John Locke on a Liberal Right of Secession,” Political Research Quarterly. Vol. 70, No.4 (December) 2017: 876-88 (first published online June 28, 2017).

“Republican Political Theory and Irish Nationalism” The European Legacy, Vol. 21, No. 1 (February) 2016: 19-37.

“James Otis and the Americanization of John Locke,” American Political Thought, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Spring) 2015: 181-202.

“Gods would be needed to give men Laws: Rousseau on the Modern Republican Legislator,” Perspectives on Political Science. Vol. 43, No. 1 (January) 2014: 41-51.

“The Relation between Politics and Philosophy in Plato’s Apology of Socrates,” International Philosophical Quarterly. Vol. 49, No. 4 (December) 2009: 501-19.

“A Note on a Note on Locke’s ‘great art of government’.” Canadian Journal of Political Science. Vol. 42, No. 2 (June) 2009: 521-23.

“Locke on Punishment, Property, and Moral Knowledge,” Journal of Moral Philosophy. Vol. 6, No. 2 (April) 2009: 218-244.

“Montesquieu on Federalism and Anglo-Gothic Constitutionalism.” Publius: The Journal of Federalism. Vol. 37, No. 4 (Fall) 2007: 551-577.

“Locke on the Moral Basis of International Relations.” American Journal of Political Science. Vol. 50, no. 3 (July) 2006: 691-705.

“Locke on Executive Power and Liberal Constitutionalism.” Canadian Journal of Political Science.  Vol. 38, No. 3, (September) 2005: 719-744.

“Nobility and Necessity: The Problem of Courage in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.”  American Political Science Review. Vol. 95, No. 1, (March) 2001: 71-83.



“Democracy and the Problem of Constitutional Change in Canada,” In Applied Political Theory and Canadian Politics. David McGrane and Neil Hibbert, editors. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (2019): 242-64.

“Shakespeare’s Critique of Philosopher Kings in Love’s Labour’s Lost,” In Writing the Poetic Soul of Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Michael Davis. South Bend, IN: St Augustine’s Press (2019): 250-268.

“The Influence of John Locke on Rousseau” in The Rousseauian Mind, Eve Grace and Christopher Kelly, editors. Abingdon, UK: Routledge Publishing (2019): 35-45.

“Hobbes on Sovereign Authorization and the Problem of Liberal Nationalism." Classical Rationalism and the Politics of Europe, Ann Ward, ed. Newcastle-on-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press (2017): 151-73.

“Civil Religion, Civic Republicanism and Enlightenment in Rousseau.” In Civic Republicanism, Enlightenment and Modernity: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics. Geoffrey Kellow and Neven Brady Leddy, editors. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (2016): 246-268.

“Rousseau’s Profession of Faith of the Savoyard Vicar as Democratic Narrative,” In Socrates and Dionysus: Philosophy and Art in Dialogue. Ann Ward, editor. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press (2013): 104-121.

“Benedict Spinoza and the Problem of Theocracy.” Natural Right and Political Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Catherine and Michael Zuckert. (Co-edited with Ann Ward). South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press (2013): 132-52.

“John Locke and the Problematic Relation between Natural and Moral Philosophy.” Matter and Form: From Natural Science to Political Philosophy.  Ann Ward, Editor. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (2009): 179-194.

“Early Dutch and German Federal Theory: Spinoza, Hugo, and Leibniz.” Ashgate Research Companion to Federalism. Ann Ward and Lee Ward, Editors. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing, (2009): 91-106.

"The Natural Rights Family: Locke on Women, Nature, and the Problem of Patriarchy." Nature, Woman, and the Art of Politics. Eduardo Velasquez, Editor. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (2000): 149-179.



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