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Jerome Foss Ph.D.

Professor, Political Science

Jerome Foss


  • Ph.D., MA, Baylor University
  • BA, University of Dallas
  • Courses

  • Benedictine Leadership Studies Senior Capstone
  • Catholic Political Thought
  • Classical Political Thought
  • Domestic Public Policy
  • Institutions
  • Principles of American Politics
  • Shakespeare as a Political Thinker
  • Expertise/Interests

    • American Political Thought
    • Catholic Political Thought
    • Literature and Politics
    • Political Philosophy

    About Jerome C. Foss

    Jerome C. Foss is Professor of Politics and the Endowed Director of the Saint Vincent Center for Catholic Thought and Culture.  Foss grew up in Colorado and Montana before going to Texas for college and graduate school.  He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Dallas in Politics and his master’s and doctorate at Baylor University in Political Science.  He has been at Saint Vincent since 2011. 

    As the Endowed Director of the Saint Vincent Center for Catholic Thought and Culture, Foss edits the in-house journal Conversatio, leads the Summer Institute in Rome, works with Dr. Michael Krom in leading the Benedictine Leadership Studies Program, organizes conferences, reading groups, panels, and speakers. In partnership with Fides et Ratio Seminars, Foss helps lead a week-long summer seminar. He also directs the interdisciplinary minor in Sanctity of Life. 

    Foss received the SGA Faculty award in 2021, the college’s prestigious Thoburn Award for excellence in teaching in 2021, and the college’s Projektenmacher Award for his work directing the Center for Catholic Thought and Culture in 2022. He serves on the Board of the Society for Catholic Social Scientists and is a Fellow of the Center for Political and Economic Thought.

    Foss has authored two books. Most recently his Flannery O’Connor and the Perils of Governing by Tenderness was published by Lexington Press as part of its Literature and Politics Series.  His earlier book is Constitutional Democracy and Judicial Supremacy: John Rawls and the Transformation of American Politics.



    “Republic Friendship and the Common Good,” Readings in American Government, Mary Nichols, David Nichols, and Kevin Burns, eds. (2022)
    “Reading Gregory’s Life of Saint Benedict,” Conversatio, Vol. 2 (2022)
    “It is Right and Just is Wrong on Justice and the American Founding,” The Catholic Social Science Review 27(2022).
    “The Moral Imagination in Flannery O’Connor and Russell Kirk,” The Political Science Reviewer 45. 2 (2021): 427-452. 
    “On Reading James Madison: Constitutional Republican or Democratic Theorist?” in Democracy and the History of Political Thought (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2021).
    “Orestes Brownson and the Liberal Tradition in America,” The Catholic Social Science Review 26 (2021): 77-87.
    “The Intellectual Affinity of Flannery O’Connor and Alexis de Tocqueville,” American Political Thought 9.2 (Spring 2020): 317-334.
    “Revisiting Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens with Leo Paul S. de Alvarez” Ramify (2019), 67-77.
    “The Contemplative Mentality in Flannery O’Connor’s ‘Good Country People,’” The Catholic Social Science Review 22 (2017): 237–247.
    “Madison, Lincoln, and Civic Education,” Expositions 10.1 (2016), 80–98.
    “Is Justice Possible Without God?” in John Rawls and Christian Social Engagement: Justice as Unfairness, Anthony B. Bradley and Greg Forster, eds. (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2015).
    “Economics and Political Thought,” in CQ Press Encyclopedia of Modern Political Thought, Gregory Claeys, ed. (2013).  
    “Friendship and Politics in No Country for Old MenGran Torino, and Up,” Anamnesis 2.2 (2013), 72-99.
    “Francisco Suárez, John Locke, and the Case for Toleration,” Perspectives in Political Science 42.2, (2013), 94-102.