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Adam SeagraveS. Adam Seagrave

Political Philosophy, American Political Thought

Office:
Zulauf Hall 412
815-753-7044
sseagrave@niu.edu

 

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, including the interrelationships between natural rights, the natural law, and democracy. 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. He is currently completing a book entitled Liberty and Equality: The American Conversation (under contract with the University Press of Kansas). 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:

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, forthcoming.

“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).