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Jerome Foss Ph.D.

Associate 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 Foss Ph.D.

    Dr. Foss is Associate Professor of Politics and Director of the Saint Vincent Center for Catholic Thought and Culture.  Dr. 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.

    Dr. 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.  Other recent publications include:

    • Guest Editor, “Thomism, Law, and Grace in the Fiction of Flannery O’Connor” Listening 53.3 (Fall 2018).
    • “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).
    • “Friendship and Politics in No Country for Old Men, Gran 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.