Dr. John R. Pottenger

John Pottenger

Professor and Interim Department Chair
Office: Morton Hall 250
Phone: (256) 824-2313

Dr. John R. Pottenger is a professor and interim chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and is also the director of the UAH Office of International Programs and Services. He teaches the following undergraduate and graduate courses in political philosophy:

  • Classical Political Philosophy (PSC/PHL 330)
  • Modern Political Philosophy (PSC/PHL 332)
  • American Political Thought (PSC 334)
  • Political Ideologies (PSC 436)
  • Contemporary Political Thought (PSC/PHL 438)
  • Advanced Topics in Political Science: Religion and Politics (PSC 480/580)
  • The American Polity (PSC 600)
  • Public Values and Public Policy (PSC 630)

Dr. Pottenger's published research includes two books and numerous articles dealing with theoretical challenges in classical Platonic philosophy, modern political theory, religion and civil society, and contemporary Christian and Islamic political theology. His books include:

  • 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)

Dr. Pottenger has presented over two-dozen scholarly papers before professional conferences. These papers have illuminated his research findings on a variety of theoretical and ethical problems, such as the interface between contemporary religious expression and politics, radical theories of hermeneutics, and Marxist class analysis. Dr. Pottenger has extensive scholarly research and professional educational experience in international settings, including in Brazil, China, Egypt, Morocco, Nicaragua, Panama, and the former Soviet Union and its successor independent states of Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Dr. Pottenger received his BA and MA in political science from Arizona State University, focusing on political theory. He received his PhD in political philosophy from the University of Maryland, where he focused on logical and normative problems in ethical and political philosophy, philosophy of science, and contemporary social theory.