John R. Pottenger, Ph.D. Professor, Program Director, 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; a guest lecturer at the Institute for World Economy of the Romanian Academy on American politics; and a lecturer and workshop facilitator for the U.S. Department of State in Egypt, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan on civil society. Dr. Pottenger's 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 three books: The Political Theory of Liberation Theology: Toward a Reconvergence of Social Values and Social Science (State University of New York Press, 1989), Reaping the Whirlwind: Liberal Democracy and the Religious Axis (Georgetown University Press, 2007), and, his newest book, Philosophical Foundations of the Religious Axis: Religion, Politics, and American Political Architecture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). 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 In addition, Dr. Pottenger is currently a guest editor for a Special Issue of Religions* on the topic of “Promise or Threat? Religious Presence in Civil Society." A call for papers is now underway for submissions that will be peer-reviewed for consideration of inclusion in the special issue of Religions. A broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches, including those of comparative politics, history, law, philosophy, political science, religious studies, or theology are encouraged. For details on the intent of this special issue, paper submission information, and deadline, please visit the Special Issue website. *Religions is ranked #1 (H-index 18) and #5 (SJR 0.224) by Scimago Journal & Country Rankings regarding open access journals in the Humanities/Religious Studies. Religions is also ranked #7 (H5-index 18) by Google Scholar Metrics regarding journals in the Humanities, Literature & Art/Religion. Education Ph.D., Political Philosophy, University of Maryland M.A., Political Theory, Arizona State University B.A., Political Science, Arizona State University Classes Taught PSC 330 - Classical Political Philosophy (same as PHL 330) PSC 332 - Modern Political Philosophy (same as PHL 332) PSC 334 - American Political Thought PSC 436 - Political Ideologies PSC 438 - Contemporary Political Thought (same as PHL 438) PSC 600 - The American Polity PSC 630 - Public Values and Public Policy 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 Philosophical Foundations of the Religious Axis: Religion, Politics, and American Political Architecture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) 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 “Averroes and Medieval Rationalism: Toward Religious Pluralism of the Modern Era.” In The Pilgrimage of Philosophy: A Festschrift for Charles E. Butterworth, eds. René M. Paddags, Waseem El-Rayes, and Gregory A. McGrayer, 222-39. South Bend, Indiana: St. Augustine’s Press, 2019. “The Intellectual Foundation and Political Construction of American Religious Pluralism,” in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Politics in the U.S., ed. Barbara A. McGraw, 18-32. U.K.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. “Islam and Ideology in Central Asia,” in Islam in World Politics, eds. Nelly Lahoud and Anthony H. Johns, 127-51. London: Routledge, 2005. “Civil Society, Religious Freedom, and Islam Karimov: Uzbekistan’s Struggle for a Decent Society,” Central Asian Survey 23 (March 2004): 55-77. “Religion, Politics, and the Challenge of Political Hermeneutics,” American Review of Politics 18 (Summer 1997): 121-36. “The Sage and the Sophist: A Commentary on Plato’s Lesser Hippias,” Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy 23 (Fall 1995): 41-60.