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Dr. Bradley Watson to Serve Year at Stanford's Hoover Institution

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Posted: Wednesday Jul 10, 2013

July 10, 2013

Dr. Bradley C. S. Watson, professor of politics and Philip M. McKenna Chair in American and Western Political Thought at Saint Vincent College’s Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government, has been named W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University for the 2013-14 academic year.

Watson will spend the year at Stanford working on his next book, tentatively entitled Progressivism: The Strange History of an Idea. The book will offer a historiography of early American intellectual progressivism, showing how progressive thinkers came to understand themselves as hostile to the American constitutional order and to the realm of conscience.

Watson’s research is historical and philosophical in nature, but will help to elucidate contemporary political controversies, including federal mandates on religious institutions.

In addition to chairing Saint Vincent College’s politics department, Watson also serves as co-director of the college’s center for political and economic thought. He is also senior scholar at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and a fellow of the Claremont Institute and serves on the boards of directors of several organizations including The Philadelphia Society and the National Association of Scholars.

In addition to his most recent appointment at Stanford, he has held visiting faculty appointments at Claremont McKenna College and Princeton University, where he was a visiting fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

He is a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton. He 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; Ourselves and Our Posterity: Essays in Constitutional Originalism; and The Idea of the American University.

He was educated in Canada, Belgium and the United States and holds advanced degrees in law, philosophy and political science.

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Photo: Dr. Bradley C.S. Watson 

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