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  • Jason_JividenJason Jividen, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Politics

    Aurelius Hall, Room 311

    Expertise: Political Philosophy, American Political Thought and Institutions

    A Short Biography

    Dr. Jividen is Associate Professor of Politics in the McKenna School, where he also serves as Fellow in Civic and Constitutional Affairs for the Center for Political and Economic Thought, and Director of the Aurelius Scholars Program in Western Civilization. Since coming to SVC in 2010, Dr. Jividen has taught several courses in the Politics Department, including Principles of American Politics, American Political Thought, Constitutional Law, Classical Political Thought, Institutions and a seminar on Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. In 2014, he was awarded SVC’s annual Quentin Schaut Faculty Award, which recognizes the contributions, leadership and achievements of a junior faculty member to the curriculum and life of the college.

    Dr. Jividen has delivered numerous invited lectures and conference papers on topics in ancient and modern political philosophy, the principles of the American Founding, Lincoln’s political thought, American Progressivism and civic education. His peer-reviewed publications include: Claiming Lincoln: Progressivism, Equality, and the Battle for Lincoln’s Legacy in Presidential Rhetoric (Northern Illinois University Press, 2011); Statesmanship and Progressive Reform: An Assessment of Herbert Croly’s Abraham Lincoln (with J. David Alvis, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); “American Democracy and Liberal Education in an Era of Relevance,” in Higher Education in an Era of Relevance, ed. Timothy L. Simpson (Lexington Books, 2013); “Presidential Statesmanship as Civic Education,” Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (Fall 2014); “Equality, Leadership, and the Lincoln Image in American Presidential Rhetoric,” in Lincoln, Leadership, and the Law, ed. Charles Hubbard (Southern Illinois University Press, 2015); and “American Progressivism and the Legacy of Abraham Lincoln” (with Ronald J. Pestritto) in Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages, ed. Lucas Morel (University Press of Kentucky, 2015). Dr. Jividen is currently working on a book manuscript examining the relevance of Tocqueville’s political thought to post-war American conservatism.