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Ken Grasso

Dr. GrassoOffice:  UAC 365
Phone:  512.245.8230

Curriculum Vitae

B.A., St. John's University
M.A., Ph.D., Fordham University

Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science

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 (PS 4327), Tocqueville¹s Democracy in America (HON 2391X) Theological Perspectives on Modern Democracy (PS 5317),The Crisis of Liberalism and the Future of Democracy (PS 5316), Modernity and the Problem of Power (PS 5318) and Problems in American Politics: Political Culture (PS 5337).   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.

Courses Taught

PS 5330E Religion and American Public Culture

PS 5316 The Crisis of Liberalism and the Future of Democracy

PS 5317 Theological Perspectives on Modern Democracy