Associate Professor (1988)
B.A. University of Massachusetts; M.A., University of Chicago; Ph.D., University of Chicago: History of Culture
Office: 127 Carver Hall, Kentucky State University, 400 E. Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 597-6596
Background and Interests
I have taught almost all the courses in the Honors Core curriculum and some of the Liberal Studies upper-division courses as well. My main academic interests are in political philosophy, the languages and literature of ancient Greece and Rome, and in fiction.
I grew up on the North Shore of Greater Boston and graduated from Newburyport High School in 1975. I attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where in 1979 I received a degree in history with a senior thesis on Hegel and Nietzsche (the field was called “intellectual history” back then). In 1980 I went to graduate school to study early modern history at the University of Chicago, set on the windy shores of Lake Michigan, and became interested there in political philosophy and the history of science. I also met my lovely wife there, whom I married in 1986. I received my doctorate in 1987; my dissertation was on Machiavelli, Francis Bacon, and Rene Descartes.
I came to Kentucky State to teach in the Whitney Young Great Books program in 1988, and have been here since. At different times, I have taught almost all the courses in the Honors Core curriculum as well as some of the Liberal Studies major courses. I most often teach the freshman language sequence in Latin and the great Books seminars.
I have published three essays on Plato’s dialogues, and I have delivered lectures on James Joyce, on some implications of Einstein’s theory of relativity, on the sources of the Schrödinger equation, on Socrates and the reductionists, and on discovery in literature. I recently finished a book entitled After Leo Strauss: New Directions in Platonic Political Philosophy, which will be published by the State University of New York Press in 2014.
I was elected twice by my peers to serve as the faculty regent on the Kentucky State University Board of Regents, from 2004 to 2010. I have served as the Faculty Senate president and chaired or served on many other committees at the university.
I live here in Frankfort with my wife. I love to hike. You will often see me walking one of the scenic rolling hills of which Frankfort has such an abundance. I love good fiction and especially those by the great American writers. My favorites are Herman Melville, William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, and Philip Roth.