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  • Jerome Foss, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Politics
    Fellow in Political Institutions and Policy

    Aurelius Hall, Room 317

    A Short Biography

    Jerome C. Foss joined Saint Vincent College in 2011 after receiving his Ph.D. from Baylor University. Since arriving at Saint Vincent, Foss has taught courses on political philosophy, American political institutions, the Constitution, Catholic political thought, Shakespeare as a political thinker and public policy. He now makes his home in Latrobe with his wife Karen and their seven children.

    Foss wrote a dissertation at Baylor on the political theorist John Rawls and the American Supreme Court, which has since been published as a book entitled Constitutional Democracy and Judicial Supremacy: John Rawls and the Transformation of American Politics (Cambria Press, 2016). Foss’s work at Baylor earned him several recognitions, including the 2011 Outstanding Ph.D. Student in Political Science, the Morrison Fellowship in 2010, the Stormie Schott Award in 2009 and the Richard D. Huff Distinguished Master’s Student in Political Science in 2008. He was also invited to present his research on Francisco Suarez before the Graduate Student Association of Baylor University in 2009 and was a recipient of the ISI Weaver Fellowship in 2007.

    Currently, Foss is working on a book-length manuscript about the novelist and short-story writer Flannery O’Connor’s appreciation for politics and political thought in her fiction. His research on this project is being supported by a grant from the American Political Science Association. He will also be guest editing an upcoming volume of the journal Listening, which will be dedicated to O’Connor.

    Foss’s other recent publications include essays on James Madison and Abraham Lincoln, John Rawls, Shakespeare’s Coriolanus and Francisco Suarez.

    More information on Constitutional Democracy and Judicial Supremacy can be found at Cambria Press’s website.

    Foss’s 2016 essay, “Madison, Lincoln, and Civic Education,” can be found at Exposition’s website.

    Finally, Foss’s overview of John Rawls’s political theory can be found at the Heritage Foundation’s website.