Dr. John R. Pottenger

 

Dr. John R. Pottenger

Professor, Chair, Political Science Professor, Philosophy

Biography

Dr. John Pottenger has been a National Endowment for the Humanities research fellow at UCLA and UC Berkeley on the philosophy and history of the scientific revolution; a Mellon Foundation seminar director at William and Mary College on liberation theology; a guest speaker at Moscow State University, USSR, on American political science; and a lecturer and workshop facilitator for the U.S. State Department in Egypt, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan on civil society.

Dr. Pottenger's published research includes two books: Reaping the Whirlwind: Liberal Democracy and the Religious Axis (Georgetown University Press) and The Political Theory of Liberation Theology: Toward a Reconvergence of Social Values and Social Science (State University of New York Press). He has also contributed numerous book chapters and journal articles, including work published in Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, Central Asian Survey, International Journal of Social Economics, and American Review of Politics, among others. Topics include dealing with problems with classical Platonic philosophy, modern political theory, contemporary political theology, religion and civil society, radical theories of hermeneutics, and Marxist class analysis.

He received his BA and MA in political science from Arizona State University, focusing on political theory, and his PhD in political philosophy from the University of Maryland, where he concentrated on logical and normative problems in ethical and political philosophy, philosophy of science, and contemporary social theory.

Education

  • Ph.D., Political Philosophy, University of Maryland
  • M.A., Political Theory, Arizona State University
  • B.A., Political Theory, Arizona State University

Classes Taught


Publications

  • Reaping the Whirlwind: Liberal Democracy and the Religious Axis (Georgetown University Press)
  • The Political Theory of Liberation Theology: Toward a Reconvergence of Social Values and Social Science (State University of New York Press)