PhD Recipients and Placements

Joshua Boucher

Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor, College of the Holy Cross
Degree Date: ABD
Dissertation Title: Hamiltonianism: Alexander Hamilton on American Foreign Policy
Dissertation Director: Dr. W. David Clinton

Nathan Orlando

Placement: Postdoctoral Fellow, St. Vincent's College
Degree Date: ABD
Dissertation Title: Raymond Aron and his Dialogues in an Age of Ideologies
Dissertation Director: Dr. W. David Clinton

Jordan Cash

Placement: Pre-doctoral Fellow, University of Virginia
Degree Date: ABD
Dissertation Title: The Isolated Presidency: The Institutional Logic of Constitutional Presidential Power
Dissertation Director: Dr. David Nichols

Marjorie Jeffrey

Placement: Clinical Assistant Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of the Lyceum Scholars Program, Clemson University
Degree Date: December 2018
Dissertation Title: The Wars of Peoples: Science, Democracy, and International Politics in the Thought of Winston Churchill
Dissertation Director: Dr. W. David Clinton

Deborah O'Malley

Placement: Daniel Patrick Moynihan Postdoctoral Fellow, Assumption College
Degree Date: December 2017
Dissertation Title: Religious Institutions and Associational Freedom in U.S. Supreme Court Jurisprudence
Dissertation Director: Dr. David Nichols

David Little

Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor, Morehead State University
Degree Date: May 2017
Dissertation Title: Aristotle and Kant on the Noble and the Good
Dissertation Director: Dr. Dwight Allman

James Odom

Placement: Senior Policy Advisor, Texas State Senate
Degree Date: May 2017
Dissertation Title: Public Debt and the Common Good
Dissertation Director: Dr. Jerold Waltman

Kevin Burns

Placement: Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Christendom College
Degree Date: May 2017
Dissertation Title: Progressive Constitutionalism: William Howard Taft as Chief Executive and Chief Justice
Dissertation Director: Dr. David Nichols

Christine Basil

Placement: Assistant Professor, tenure-track at Belmont Abbey College
Degree Date: May 2017
Dissertation Title: Who Am I to Judge? Rhetoric, Passion, and Rule of Law in Aristotle's Political Thought
Dissertation Director: Dr. Mary Nichols

Nathan Warf

Placement: Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Freed-Hardeman University
Degree Date: December 2016
Dissertation Title: Political Pluralism and the Common Law
Dissertation Director: Dr. David Corey

Joshua King

Placement: Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Azusa Pacific University
Degree Date: May 2016
Dissertation Title: Good for Self and Good for Others: Rousseau's Construction of International Politics
Dissertation Director: Dr. David Corey; Dr. David Clinton

Stephen Sims

Placement: Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Rochester Institute of Technology
Degree Date: August 2015
Dissertation Title: Justice, Prudence, and Foreign Relations in Aristotle's Political Thought
Dissertation Director: Dr. Mary Nichols; Dr. David Clinton

Eric Fleury

Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor, College of the Holy Cross
Degree Date: May 2015
Dissertation Title: A Fruitless Crown: The Logic and Limits of Foreign Policy in Revolutionist Dictatorships
Dissertation Director: Dr. David Clinton

Christopher Bissex

Placement: Research Analyst at Hanover Research
Degree Date: May 2014
Dissertation Title: Institutionalizing Class Conflict: Gouverneur Morris on Mediating Class Warfare through Separation of Powers
Dissertation Director: Dr. David Nichols

Vincent Reighard

Placement: Adjunct Professor, Northwest Christian University
Degree Date: December 2014
Dissertation Title: Nietzsche as Educator
Dissertation Director: Dr. David Corey

Mary Mathie

Placement: Senior Lecturer, University of Texas San Antonio
Degree Date: May 2014
Dissertation Title: Aquinas on Judgment, Justice, and the Unity of Peace
Dissertation Director: Dr. Mary Nichols

Adam Carrington

Placement: Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Hillsdale College
Degree Date: May 2014
Dissertation Title: Liberty in Full: Justice Field's Cooperative Constitution of Liberty
Dissertation Director: Dr. David Nichols

Mark Scully

Placement: Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Lee University
Degree Date: May 2014
Dissertation Title: The Path to Party Unity: Popular Presidential Leadership and Principles Consensus
Dissertation Director: Dr. David Nichols

Joseph Wysocki

Placement: Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, Belmont Abbey College
Degree Date: May 2013
Dissertation Title: Congressional Rhetoric: Going Public and Its Effects on the Institution
Dissertation Director: Dr. David Nichols

David Capper

Placement: Attending George Mason School of Law
Degree Date: May 2013
Dissertation Title: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and Substantive Due Process: Why the Most Powerful Judge in History Isn't as Everybody Thinks He Is
Dissertation Director: Dr. David Nichols

Anthony Bartl

Placement: Associate Professor, Angelo State University
Degree Date: May 2012
Dissertation Title: The Principled Constitutionalism of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy
Dissertation Director: Dr. David Nichols

Steven Block

Placement: Senior Lecturer, Baylor University
Degree Date: May 2012
Dissertation Title: Rhetoric, Reason, and Belief: Aristotle and John Stuart Mill on Persuasion
Dissertation Director: Dr. Mary Nichols

Matthew Dinan

Placement: Assistant Professor (tenure-track) and St. John XXIII Chair in Catholic Studies, St. Thomas University, Fredericton
Degree Date: May 2012
Dissertation Title: The Other as Friend: A Platonic Reply to the Political Thought of Jacques Derrida
Dissertation Director: Dr. Mary Nichols

Julianne Romanello

Placement: Adjunct Instructor, University of Tulsa
Degree Date: May 2012
Dissertation Title: Political Philosophy and the Divine Ground: Eric Voegelin on Plato
Dissertation Director: Dr. David Corey

Elizabeth Amato

Placement: Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Gardner-Webb University
Degree Date: December 2011
Dissertation Title: Happiness and Modernity: The Pursuit of Happiness and the American Regime
Dissertation Director: Dr. Mary Nichols

Matthew Brogdon

Placement: Assistant Professor (tenure-track), University of Texas San Antonio
Degree Date: December 2011
Dissertation Title: The Supreme Court and American Constitutionalism: Reassessing the Institutional Role of Judicial Power in the Constitutional System
Dissertation Director: Dr. David Nichols

Jerome Foss

Placement: Associate Professor, St. Vincent's College
Degree Date: May 2011
Dissertation Title: John Rawls and the Supreme Court: A Study in Continuity and Change
Dissertation Director: Dr. David Nichols

Thomas Pope

Placement: Associate Professor, Lee University
Degree Date: May 2011
Dissertation Title: Balancing Liberty of Contract with Police Power: A Hobbesian Approach
Dissertation Director: Dr. David Nichols

Patrick Cain

Placement: Associate Professor and Chair, Lakehead University
Degree Date: May 2010
Dissertation Title: Family, Rights, and Community: Aristotle, Locke, and the Supreme Court
Dissertation Director: Dr. Mary Nichols

Amy Edmonds

Placement: Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Milligan College
Degree Date: May 2010
Dissertation Title: Autonomy and Church Opposition to Authoritarianism in Latin America
Dissertation Director: Dr. Jerold Waltman

David Ramsey

Placement: Associate Professor, West Florida University
Degree Date: May 2010
Dissertation Title: The Role of the Supreme Court in Antitrust Enforcement
Dissertation Director: Dr. David Nichols

Andrew Hogue

Placement: Senior Lecturer, Director of the Baylor Social Innovation Collaborative (BAY-SIC) and the Philanthropy & Public Service Program, Baylor University
Degree Date: December 2009
Dissertation Title: 1980: Reagan, Carter, and the Politics of Religion in America
Dissertation Director: Dr. Martin Medhurst