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Department of Political Science
Baylor University
One Bear Place #97276
Waco, Texas 76798

Office: Draper 350

Phone: 254.710.4332


Steve Block

Lecturer of Political Science

Undergraduate Moot Court Program Director

B.S., Political Science, North Carolina State University
M.A., Political Science, Baylor University
Ph.D., Political Science, Baylor University

Steve Block's interests range from the History of Political Thought, Public Law, American Political Thought and Development, Contemporary Political Thought, and Politics and Literature. His dissertation examines the thought of Aristotle and J.S. Mill on the relation of speech and rhetoric to politics, law, and technological progress. He is also working on how the US Supreme Court understands the purposes and limits of freedom of speech.


"Immortality in Saul Bellow's Ravelstein," Expositions, forthcoming.

Conference Presentations:

"Rhetoric, Politics, and Choice in Aristotle's Rhetoric," The Political Science Workshop, Baylor University, Waco, TX, April 2011

"Nature and Impiety in the Political Theory of Hobbes," Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, NC, January 2011

"Mill's Liberal Pedagogy in On Liberty," Southwestern Social Science Association Annual Meeting, Houston, TX, April 2010

"The High and the Universal in J.S. Mill's Utilitarianism," Southern Political Science Association National Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, January 2010

"Joseph Ratzinger on Faith, Reason, and Speech," at the Third Annual Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture, Waco, Texas, October 2009

"Hobbes' Appeal to Pride as the Foundation for Political Obligation," Southern Political Science Association National Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 2009

"Aristophanic Comedy and Aristotelian Wit in the Nicomachean Ethics," 2008 Midwest Political Science Association National Conference, Chicago, Illinois, April 2008

"Alexis de Tocqueville and Edith Wharton on Love and the American Family," The Inaugural Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture, Waco, Texas, October 2007

Courses Taught:

PSC 2302 American Constitutional Development

Teaching Apprenticeships:

PSC 3363 Western Political Thought: Classical and Medieval

PSC 4313 Politics and Literature: The American Political Novel

PSC 4355 Power, Morality, and International Relations

PSC 4361 American Constitutional Law