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  • Brad_WatsonBradley C. S. Watson, Ph.D.

    Chairperson, Politics Department 

    Aurelius Hall, Room 324

    Expertise: Political Philosophy, American Political Thought and Institutions


    • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University 
    • M.Phil., Institute of Philosophy, Catholic University of Louvain 
    • M.A., Claremont Graduate University 
    • J.D., Queen's University Faculty of Law
    • B.A., University of British Columbia

    Courses Taught 

    • PS 100 Principles of American Politics 
    • PS 135 Classical Political Thought 
    • PS 136 Modern Political Thought 
    • PS 336 American Political Thought 
    • PS 480 Senior Thesis

    A Short Biography

    Dr. Watson is Professor of Politics, holding the Philip M. McKenna Chair in American and Western Political Thought. He has held visiting faculty appointments at Princeton University and Claremont McKenna College. He currently serves as Chairperson of the Department of Politics and Co-Executive Director of the Center for Political and Economic Thought. He directs the Center’s Government and Political Education (GPE) Lecture Series and its Culture and Policy (C&P) Conferences, in addition to its George Washington Fellowship Program. His teaching areas include political philosophy and American political thought and institutions. Watson is a Research Associate at the Center for the Study of American Civic Literacy, a project of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and serves on the Boards of Directors of the National Association of Scholars and the Association for the Study of Free Institutions. He is a member of the James Madison Society of Princeton University, and a Fellow of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy, and the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University. Watson has authored or edited many books, including Living Constitution, Dying Faith: Progressivism and the New Science of Jurisprudence, Civil Rights and the Paradox of Liberal Democracy, Courts and the Culture Wars, Civic Education and Culture, The West at War, and Ourselves and Our Posterity: Essays in Constitutional Originalism. He has also published articles and essays in a variety of professional and general interest forums, including Armed Forces and Society, Claremont Review of Books, The Intercollegiate Review, Modern Age, National Review, and Perspectives on Political Science. His research interests are both theoretical and practical, including progressivism, constitutional jurisprudence, Western political thought and the American regime, same-sex marriage, liberalism and communitarianism, and immigration law and policy. He has written, spoken, or given media interviews on each of these topics, including appearing on the Glenn Beck television program. He has received fellowships from numerous national and international organizations, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Social Philosophy and Policy Center, the Earhart Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, the John M. Olin Foundation, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and the John Templeton Foundation. Prior to becoming a political scientist, he practiced as a civil litigation attorney in Vancouver, Canada. He was educated in Canada, Belgium, and the United States, and holds advanced degrees in law, philosophy, and political science.