Religion & Politics
Examine the influence of religion as a political force.
Is there a crisis of liberal democracy? Following decades of expansion, global freedom is on the decline. New research shows public support for democracy declining, especially among younger generations in Western countries. And by most measures and definitions, there are now about 25 fewer democratic countries than there were at the turn of the millennium.
Meanwhile, nationalism has been enjoying a striking revival—from the Brexit vote in Great Britain, to the election of Donald Trump in the United States, to the appearance of populist anti-EU movements and governments in the nations of the European perimeter.
In this two-week seminar, students will examine the relationship between liberal democracy and nationalism. Why have freedom and democracy been regressing in many countries? Is nationalism a source of unity or disunity? Can we find a synthesis between liberalism and nationalism?
Over the first week, students will reflect on the meaning and practice of liberal democracy—with a view toward understanding the prospects for democracy today and in the future. Over the second, students will explore the ancient roots of nationalism and assess its utility in contemporary politics.
Diana Schaub on love, friendship, & justice
This two-week course will take place in Washington, DC. It is a full-time commitment for Monday–Friday, with required sessions in the morning, afternoon, and some evenings.
Diana J. Schaub is Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Maryland and a member of the Hoover Institution’s task force on The Virtues of a Free Society. From 2004 to 2009 she was a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics.
Diana J. Schaub is Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Maryland and a member of the Hoover Institution’s task force on The Virtues of a Free Society.
She is the author of Erotic Liberalism: Women and Revolution in Montesquieu’s “Persian Letters” (Rowman & Littlefield, 1995), along with a number of book chapters and articles in the fields of political philosophy and American political thought. She is coeditor, along with Amy and Leon Kass of What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song (ISI, 2011). She is a frequent contributor to opinion journals such as the Claremont Review of Books, the Weekly Standard, National Affairs, and the New Atlantis.
From 1994 to 1995 Professor Schaub was the postdoctoral fellow of the Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard University. From 2004 to 2009 she was a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics. She has taught at the University of Michigan at Dearborn and served as assistant editor of The National Interest. She earned an A.B. from Kenyon College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Richard M. Reinsch II is the founding editor of Liberty Fund’s online journal Law and Liberty and the host of LibertyLawTalk. He writes frequently for such publications as National Affairs, Modern Age, National Review Online, The Weekly Standard, and The University Bookman, among other publications.
Richard M. Reinsch II is the founding editor of Liberty Fund’s online journal Law and Liberty, where he also hosts the podcast show Liberty Law Talk, which features interviews with academics and writers in law and political thought.
He is coauthor, with the late Peter A. Lawler, of A Constitution in Full: The Unwritten Foundation of American Liberty, to be published by University Press of Kansas in the Spring 2019. He is the author of Whittaker Chambers: The Spirit of a Counterrevolutionary (ISI Books, 2010), and is the editor of Seeking the Truth: An Orestes Brownson Anthology (Catholic University of America Press, 2016).
Richard’s writings have appeared in Perspectives on Political Science, National Affairs, American Affairs, The American Conservative, Modern Age, National Review Online, The Weekly Standard, and The University Bookman, among other publications. He received his law degree in 2004 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He practiced law in securities and mergers & acquisitions until arriving at Liberty Fund.
Explore how societal trends and political parties have reshaped the character of America's partisan attachments.
Explore the intellectual roots of modern conservatism.
Explore the implications of China’s global rise for U.S. primacy and the liberal international order.
Examine U.S.-Russia relations since the end of the Cold War, with a view toward exploring where to go from here.
Laurence Cooper is Professor of Political Science at Carleton College. Most of his research has addressed the question of human flourishing—what it is, how we can know what it is, what it requires from education and politics, and the risks that arise from misunderstanding it.
Bryan Garsten is Professor of Political Science at Yale University. He writes on questions about political rhetoric and deliberation, the meaning of representative government, the relationship of politics and religion, and the place of emotions in political life.
Daniel DiSalvo is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute’s Center for State and Local Leadership and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at The City College of New York-CUNY. His scholarship focuses on American political parties, elections, labor unions, state government, and public policy.
Matthew Continetti is Editor in Chief of the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Beacon, he was Opinion Editor of The Weekly Standard, where he remained a Contributing Editor. His articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
Jakub J. Grygiel
Jakub Grygiel is an Associate Professor at the Catholic University of America. From 2017–18, he was a member of the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State. His most recent book is Return of the Barbarians: Confronting Non-State Actors from Ancient Rome to the Present.
Daniel Blumenthal is the Director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on East Asian security issues and Sino-American relations. Mr. Blumenthal has both served in and advised the U.S. government on China issues for over a decade.
Vance Serchuk is Executive Director of the KKR Global Institute and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Serchuk served for six years as the senior national security advisor to Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Connecticut).