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Gary Glenn

Gary D. Glenn

Political Philosophy, American Political Thought

Curriculum Vitae

Overview of Scholarly Activity

Gary D. Glenn (B.A. Loras College, M.A. and Ph.D. University of Chicago) is a Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus of Political Science. He has published 24 articles, 17 book chapters, delivered 74 papers at professional conferences, given 96 local, national and international public lectures, and conducted/participated in 29 professional development workshops on aspects of liberty and the Bill of Rights. He writes on the history of political philosophy, American political thought and religion in both the Constitution and in modern political philosophy. In particular, he has written on Xenophon, Hobbes and Locke on natural rights and limited government, the Electoral College, James Madison on how the Constitution deals with religion, the anti-Federalists and the First Amendment religion clauses, the Reagan/Mondale debate about religion in the 1984 campaign, Leo Strauss and aspects of the relation of Catholicism and American democracy.

He has received both of the campus wide teaching awards given by Northern Illinois University, the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award (1995) and Presidential Teaching Professor (2000). In addition, he has received teaching awards from the University Honors Program (2003), The American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha, The National Political Science Honor Society (2000); Golden Key National Honor Society (1999); Phi Kappa Phi, National Scholastic Honorary (1996); the Northern Illinois University Panhellenic Council (1995); Division of Student Affairs Northern Illinois University (1986); the Northern Illinois University Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha (1983); and the Northern Illinois University chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa scholastic honorary fraternity (1973).

Selected Publications

"Natural Rights and Social Contract in Burke and Bellarmine" in Kenneth Grasso and Bruce Frohnen eds., Rethinking Rights: Historical, Philosophical and Theological Perspectives (University of Missouri Press, Forthcoming).

"Edmund Burke" in Kenneth Deutsch and Joseph Fornieri eds., An Invitation to Political Thought, (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing, 2008), pp. 351-380.

"Prudence in Xenophon's Memorabilia and Cyropaedia" in Ethan Fishman ed., Tempered Strength: Studies in the Nature and Scope of Prudential Leadership ( Lanham, MD : Lexington 2002), pp. 17-31.

"Cyrus' Corruption of Aristocracy," in Law and Philosophy: The Practice of Theory, 2 Vols. ed., William T. Braithwaite, John A. Murley and Robert L. Stone, Athens: University of Ohio Press, 1992, Vol. 1, pp. 146-163.

"Inalienable Rights and Locke's Argument for Limited Government: Political Implications of a Right to Suicide," The Journal of Politics, Vol. 46, May 1984, pp. 80- 105.

"Inalienable Rights and Positive Government in the Modern World," The Journal of Politics, Vol. 41, November 1979, pp. 1057-1080.

"The Electoral College and the Development of American Democracy" in Perspectives on Political Science, Vol. 32, No. 1, Winter 2003, pp. 4- 8.

"Walter Berns: The Constitution and American Liberal Democracy" in Kenneth Deutsch and John Murley eds., The Influence of Leo Strauss on the Study of the American Regime Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 1999 pp. 193-204.

"Catholic Social Thought and the American Regime: An Introduction" The Catholic Social Science Review Vol. VI, 2001, pp. 95-109.

"Is American Democracy Safe for Catholicism" with John Stack, The Review of Politics, Vol. 62, No. 1, Winter, 2000, pp. 5-29. Comments by Michael Novak, Glenn Tinder, Clarke E. Cochran pp. 31-42. We respond pp. 43-48.

"Are There Catholic Antecedents of the Declaration of Independence? A Conversation Between Archbishop John Ireland, Orestes Brownson, and the Twentieth Century" in The Catholic Social Science Review, Vol. XI, 2006 (forthcoming).

"Rhetoric and Religion in the 1984 Campaign," Political Communication and Persuasion, Vol. 5, No. 1, Spring 1988, pp. 1-13.

"Forgotten Purposes of the First Amendment Religion Clauses" The Review of Politics, Vol. 49, No.3, Summer 1987, pp. 340-367. Reprinted in Louisa S. Hulett ed. Christianity and Modern Politics. New York: de Gruyter, 1993, pp. 119-36.

"Partisanship and Neutrality in Teaching American Government: The Case of the Post-Behavioral Era," Teaching Political Science, Vol. 6, No. 3, April 1979, pp. 311-329.

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