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.
Publications“Republic Friendship and the Common Good,” Readings in American Government, Mary Nichols, David Nichols, and Kevin Burns, eds. (2022)