Sarah Beth Kitch (Ph.D., Louisiana State University) is a visiting assistant professor. Her scholarship is in political theory and American political thought, with articles in the American Journal of Political Science and the Journal of Church and State. Dr. Kitch’s research focuses on agency and resources for action. At present, her research examines Martin Luther King, Jr.’s political theology and how King’s participation in the prophetic tradition shapes his politics.
Dr. Kitch’s courses at NIU address themes in American Political Thought, Religion and the Constitution, Democracy in America, African American Political Thought, and Political Theology. She was the 2016-2017 Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Politics Department at Princeton University. She won the Northeastern Political Science Association’s 2016 Award for Best Paper by a Female Political Scientist.
Selected Publications, Conference and Working Papers
2016 “The Immovable Foundations of the Infinite and Immortal: Tocqueville’s Philosophical Anthropology,” American Journal of Political Science (doi: 10.1111/ajps.12269)
2015 “The Roots of John Adams’s Political Science,” Journal of Church and State, 284-206 (doi: 10.1093/jcs/csv004)
Article: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Prophetic Voice. Under review at the Journal of Politics.
Monograph: Poetic Imagination and Politics. Invited to submit manuscript for review to SUNY Press. Delivery: Spring 2018.