Faculty & Staff Directory

Adam SeagraveS. Adam Seagrave

Political Philosophy, American Political Thought

Zulauf Hall 412

Overview of Scholarly Activity

Adam Seagrave (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. His research focuses on the central ideas of the American political tradition, both in the American context itself as well as its antecedents in the history of political thought. His first book, The Foundations of Natural Morality: On the Compatibility of Natural Rights and the Natural Law, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2014. His second book, Liberty and Equality: The American Conversation, was published in 2015 by the University Press of Kansas. Dr. Seagrave is currently engaged in two major projects: a book on the history of rights in the U.S., and a modern re-phrasing of selected Federalist papers (under contract with Hackett Publishing Co.).  In fall 2015 he is teaching POLS 150: Democracy in America at the undergraduate level and POLS 651: Political Theory of Capitalism at the graduate level. In the spring he will be teaching POLS 355: African American Political Thought as well as co-teaching a special seminar entitled “Race in the Age of Revolutions.” In summer 2016 he will be teaching a course entitled “John Locke and the American Revolution” in the NIU at Oxford program.

In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Seagrave serves as the managing editor of the journal American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions and Culture.

Selected Publications:

Liberty and Equality: The American Conversation (University Press of Kansas, 2015)

The Foundations of Natural Morality: On the Compatibility of Natural Rights and the Natural Law (University of Chicago Press, 2014)

“Madison’s Tightrope: The Federal Union and the Madisonian Foundations of Legitimate Government,” Polity 47.2 (April 2015): 249-272.

“Self-Ownership vs. Divine Ownership: A Lockean Solution to a Liberal Democratic Dilemma,” American Journal of Political Science 55.3 (July 2011): 710-723.

“How Old Are Modern Rights? On the Lockean Roots of Contemporary Human Rights Discourse,” Journal of the History of Ideas 72.2 (April 2011): 305-327.