David D. Corey, Ph.D.

David D. Corey, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science in the Honors Program; Director, Baylor in Washington
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Professor of Political Science in the Honors Program

Director, Baylor in Washington


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Louisiana State University, 2002
  • Graduate Exchange Student, University of Heidelberg, Germany 2000-2001
  • Studies in Law, Old College, University of Edinburgh, 1992-1993
  • B.A., Classics, Oberlin College, 1992
  • B.Mus., Oberlin Conservatory, 1992


Dr. David Corey is the Director of Baylor in Washington, D.C., a Professor of Political Science in the Honors Program, and an Affiliated Professor in the Philosophy Department and the Political Science Department. He earned his B.A. in Classics from Oberlin College, a B.Mus. from Oberlin Conservatory, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Louisiana State University. He teaches courses on political philosophy, the history of political thought and great texts. He is the author of The Just War Tradition (with J. Daryl Charles) and The Sophists in Plato's Dialogues. He is currently writing a book entitled The Politics of War and the Politics of Peace. Dr. Corey received Baylor's Outstanding Teaching Award in 2008 and 2018. Baylor’s Student Government has twice named him Faculty Member of the Year. He has been recognized multiple times for his excellence in teaching by the American Political Science Association and Phi Beta Kappa. To learn more about Dr. Corey's research and teaching interests, visit his personal website.

Academic Interests and Research

  • Political Philosophy
  • History of Political Thought
  • American Political Thought
  • Philosophical Study of Liberalism
  • Just War Tradition

Professional Awards/Activities/Grants and Fellowships

  • Baylor University Outstanding Teaching Award, 2018
  • Recognized by Baylor University as one of the “Most Impactful Educators” on campus, 2017
  • Recognized by the American Political Science Association for excellence in teaching, 2008
  • Baylor University Outstanding Teaching Award. One award given campus-wide for outstanding teaching prior to receiving tenure, 2007
  • Recognized by the American Political Science Association for excellence in teaching, 2007
  • Outstanding Faculty Member Award, Baylor Student Government, 2007
  • Outstanding Faculty Member Award, Baylor Student Government, 2003
  • Recognized by Phi Beta Kappa for excellence in teaching, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Selected Research Articles

“Eric Voegelin’s Critique of Ideology,” in Lee Trepanier and Eugene Callahan, eds., Tradition v. Rationalism: Voegelin, Oakeshott, Hayek, and Others (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2018).

      “The Ambiguities of Justice in War,” Anamnesis 6 (2017): 5-29.

“Oakeshott’s Concept of Ideology,” Journal of Political Ideologies 19, no. 3 (2014): 261-283.

“Dogmatomachy: Ideological Warfare,” Cosmos and Taxis 1, no. 3 (2014): 60-71.

“Pacem in Terris and the Just War Tradition: A Semi-Centennial Reconsideration,” with Josh King, Journal of Military Ethics 12, no. 2 (Fall, 2013): 142-161.

“Liberal Education: Its Conditions and Ends,” Perspectives on Political Science 42 (Fall, 2013): 195-200.

“The Sophist Hippias and the Problem of Polytropia,” in Christopher A. Dustin and Denise Schaeffer, eds., Socratic Philosophy and it Others (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2013), pp. 91-114.

“Luther and the Just War Tradition,” Political Theology 12 (2011): 305-328.

“Prodicus: Diplomat, Sophist and Teacher of Socrates,” History of Political Thought 29, no. 1 (2008): 1-26.

“The Christian Just War Tradition: Neither Niebuhr nor Yoder” in Bradley Watson, ed., The West at War (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington Books, 2006), pp. 113-34.

“Socratic Citizenship: Delphic Oracle and Divine Sign,” Review of Politics 67, no. 2 (2005): 201-228.

“How the Sophists Taught Virtue: Exhortation and Association,” History of Political Thought 26, no. 1 (2005): 1-20.

“The Sophists,” in the New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons/ Macmillan Reference USA, 2005).

“George Santayana on Liberalism and the Spiritual Life,” Modern Age: A Quarterly Review 45, no. 4 (2003): 350-56.

“Public and Private Virtue in Euripides’ Hecuba,” (with Cecil Eubanks) Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy 30, no. 3 (2003): 223-249.

“The Case Against Teaching Virtue for Pay: Socrates and the Sophists,” History of Political Thought 23, no. 2 (2002): 189-210.

“Voegelin and Aristotle on Nous: What is Noetic Political Science?” The Review of Politics 64, no.1 (2002): 57-79.

Book Reviews

Review of Patrick Deneen, Why Liberalism Failed (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018); reviewed in the American Affairs Journal online exclusives: 

Review of Ronald Beiner, Political Philosophy: What It Is and Why It Matters (Cambridge, 2014); reviewed in Journal of Politics 77 (2015): e11-e12.

Review of Christina Tarnopolsky, Prudes, Perverts and Tyrants: Plato’s Gorgias and the Politics of Shame (Princeton, 2010); reviewed in Review of Politics 73 (2011): 1-3.

Review of Victor Davis Hanson, John Heath and Bruce S. Thornton, Bonfire of the Humanities: Rescuing the Classics in an Impoverished Age; reviewed in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review, July 2002.

Selected Books

The Sophists in Plato’s Dialogues (Albany: SUNY Press, 2015) Paperback edition, 2016

The Just War Tradition, with J. Daryl Charles (Wilmington: ISI Books, 2012) Paperback edition, 2018


View Dr. David Corey’s CV

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