John R. Pottenger, Ph.D.

Professor, Chair, Political Science  By Courtesy, 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 the College of William and Mary on liberation theology; a guest speaker at Moscow State University, USSR, on American political science; a visiting professor at the Romanian-American University in Bucharest on public policy and democracy; and a lecturer and workshop facilitator for the U.S. Department of State in Egypt, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan on civil society. His research focuses on theoretical issues in classical Platonic philosophy, modern political theory, contemporary political theology, religion and civil society, radical theories of hermeneutics, and Marxist class analysis. To date, he has published 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 articles to edited volumes and journals, 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.

Dr. John Pottenger's Curriculum Vitae


Education

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

Classes Taught


Affiliations

American Philosophical Association

American Political Science Association (sections: Foundations of Political Theory; Religion and Politics)

Association for Political Theory

International Society for the Study of New Religions

Karl Jaspers Society of North America

Society for Greek Political Thought

Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics


Scholarly Books

  • Reaping the Whirlwind: Liberal Democracy and the Religious Axis (Georgetown University Press, 2007)
  • The Political Theory of Liberation Theology: Toward a Reconvergence of Social Values and Social Science (State University of New York Press, 1989)

Select Scholarly Articles