Dr. Grasso is a full professor in the Department of Political Science. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Fordham University, and his B.A. in Government and Politics from St. John¹s University. He has edited or co-edited several books including Theology and Public Philosophy (Lexington Books, 2012), Defending the Republic (ISI Books, 2008) and Rethinking Rights: Historical, Political and Philosophical Perspectives (University of Missouri Press, 2008). His articles and reviews have appeared in wide variety of journals including The Political Science Reviewer, Modern Age, The Journal of Catholic Social Thought, First Things, The Review of Politics, and Interpretation. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of The Catholic Social Science Review and The Political Science Reviewer as well as on the Executive Editorial Board of The Journal of Markets & Morality. In 2011, he received the Society of Catholic Social Scientists’ “Pius XI Award for Contributions to the Building Up of an Authentic Catholic Social Science.” Dr Grasso has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate level classes including Principles of American Government (POSI 2310), Religion and American Public Life (POSI 3306), Tocqueville¹s Democracy in America (HON 2391X) Theological Perspectives on Modern Democracy (POSI 5326A),The Crisis of Liberalism and the Future of Democracy (POSI 5326B), Modernity and the Problem of Power (POSI 5302B) and Problems in American Politics: Political Culture (POSI 5350). He has been honored with awards such as an Award for Outstanding Teaching by Pi Sigma Alpha in 2005, the Foundation in Excellence Award by the Texas State Student Foundation and a favorite professor award by Alpha Chi in 1996 and 1998. His areas of interest are religion and politics, democratic theory, liberal theory, and American constitutionalism.
POSI 2310 (GOVT 2301) Principles of American Government
A survey of the principles of political science, of the American system of government, and of the origins and development of the constitutions of the United States and Texas.
HON 2391X Tocqueville's Democracy in America
This course will explore "Democracy in America", Alexis de Tocqueville's seminal study of American social and political life. It will cover the nature and distinctive character of modern democratic societies and the problems and perils these societies confront.
POSI 3306 Religion and American Public Life
An examination of the ways in which religious beliefs and groups have influenced the course of American democratic experience; and the on going debates in constitutional law and democratic theory regarding the proper role of religion in American public life.
PS 5316 The Crisis of Liberalism and the Future of Democracy
An examination of the nature and intellectual foundations of the liberal tradition and the implications of the crisis besetting contemporary theory for the future of democratic government.
PS 5317 Theological Perspectives on Modern Democracy
A thorough examination of the ways in which religion and groups have influenced the course of American democracy. The ongoing debate in constitutional law and democratic theory regarding the proper role of religion in American public life is analyzed.
PS 5318 Modernity and the Problem of Power
An examination of the crisis of modernity and its implications for humanity’s future.
PS 5330 Problems in American Politics
This course will explore selected problems related to American political culture with particular emphasis on the question of the cultural preconditions of free government. Beginning with Alexis de Tocqueville’s classic study of American political culture, the course will explore different Tocquevillian themes in a contemporary American context.