Elizabeth Corey, Ph.D.

Honors Program Director; Associate Professor in the Honors Program
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Honors Program Director

Associate Professor of Political Science in the Honors Program


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Louisiana State University, 2004.
  • M.A., Political Science, Louisiana State University, 2001.            
  • University of Heidelberg, Germany, 2000-2001.
  • M.A., Art History, Louisiana State University, 1999.
  • B.A., Classics, Oberlin College, 1994.
  • Junior Year Abroad, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1993.


Dr. Elizabeth Corey joined the Honors Program’s faculty in 2007 and has served as Director since 2015. She earned a B.A. in classics from Oberlin College, an M.A. in art history from Louisiana State University (LSU) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from LSU. She has taught courses at Baylor on political science, great texts and in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core. She has earned several awards for research and teaching, and was a 2016-2017 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow. Her book, Michael Oakeshott on Religion, Aesthetics, and Politics, was published by the University of Missouri Press in 2006. She writes for First Things and serves on the board of the Institute on Religion and Public Life. She has also published in The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, National Affairs and in a variety of scholarly journals. During the 2018-19 academic year she is the American Enterprise Institute’s Values and Capitalism Visiting Professor.

Selected Writings


  • Against Campus Activism,” in Real Clear Policy, August 1, 2019.
  • Tradition’s Real—and Limited—Value,” in The American Mind, July 15, 2019.
  • An Acceptable Prejudice,” in First Things, June-July 2019.
  •  “The University Has No Purpose,” in The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, May 25, 2018.
  • Defending Disinterest,” in National Affairs, Spring 2018.
  • First Church of Intersectionality,” in First Things, August-September 2017, pp. 27-31.
  • The Conservative Disposition in a Revolutionary Age,” in Modern Age, April 2017, pp. 43-52.
  • A More Moderate Diversity,” in National Affairs, Spring 2017, pp. 115-128.
  •  “Learning to Play,” in First Things, October 2016, pp. 19-21.
  • Two Sisters, Two Views of Gay Marriage,” with Mary Campbell, in The Atlantic, May 10, 2015.
  • Rationalism and Teaching the Constitution,” in Academic Questions, Fall 2014, 27: pp. 300-308.
  • Learning in Love,” in First Things, April 2014, no. 242, pp. 41-46.
  • No Happy Harmony,” in First Things, October 2013, no. 236, pp. 47-52.
  •  “On Susan,” in First Things, November 2012, no. 227, pp. 21-22.
  •  “A Disposition of Delight,” in First Things, February 2012, no. 220, pp. 47-51.
  • “Law and Contingency: Michael Oakeshott and The German Historical School,” in Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, vol. 2, no. 2, 2016, pp. 299-318.
  • “Rationalism and the Rule of Law: Michael Oakeshott and the American Constitutional Order,” in American Political Thought, vol. 4, no. 4, Fall 2015, pp. 633-52.
  • The Two Great Lights: Regnum and Sacerdotium in the Salerno Ivories,” in History of Political Thought, Spring 2013, 34:1, pp. 1-18.
  • The Aesthetic and Moral Character of Oakeshott’s Educational Writings,” in Journal of Philosophy of Education, vol. 46, no. 4, November 2012, pp. 86-98. “Worlds of Experience: Aesthetics,” in The Cambridge Companion to Oakeshott, Cambridge University Press, 2012, pp. 86-106.
  • “The Religious Sensibility of Michael Oakeshott,” in A Companion to Oakeshott, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012, pp. 134-50.
  • “The Purposeful Patron: Political Covenant in the Salerno Ivories,” in Viator, The Journal of UCLA’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 40 no. 2 (Autumn 2009) pp. 55-92.  


  • Michael Oakeshott on Religion, Aesthetics and Politics, University of Missouri Press, 2006.


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