Professor of Political Science with the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University since 1988. A.B., University of Chicago, 1980; M.A., Harvard University, 1983; Ph.D, 1988. He was the Joseph P. Farry Professor of Public Policy at CSB/SJU, and has been Visiting Professor of Political Science at University of California-Davis. Dr. Read is the author of Majority Rule versus Consensus: The Political Thought of John C. Calhoun (University Press of Kansas, 2009), Power versus Liberty: Madison, Hamilton, Wilson, and Jefferson (University of Virginia Press, 2000) and Doorstep Democracy: Face to Face Politics in the Heartland (University of Minnesota Press, 2008).
Office: SJU, Simons 116
Fall 2017 Courses
POLS 111 - Intro to US Politics
POLS 211 - Politics and Political Life
POLS 221 - Political Theory
POLS 114 - Policy Memo (2 credits)
Spring 2018 Courses
POLS 211 - Politics and Political Life
POLS 313 20th Century Political Thought (Cross listed with Ethics)
Examination of political thought throughout the turbulent 20th century, with special attention to writers who theorize about justice and the struggle to achieve it. Topics covered may include: just and unjust wars, imperialism, economic justice, justice in relations between men and women and between members of different racial and ethnic groups. A careful study of the ideas of the 20th century will prepare students to face the new challenges of the 21st century.
POLS 361 - Senior Research Seminar
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Awards and Fellowships:
2010 Wilson Cary McWilliams award from the American Political Science Association for best paper in the Literature, Politics, and Film section presented at 2009 APSA national meeting. Paper title: "The Limits of Self-Reliance: Emerson, Slavery, and Abolition."
Joseph P. Farry Professorship in Public Policy and Civic Engagement for 2009-2012, College of St. Benedict and St. John's University.
Highlights of Recent Publications by Dr. James Read
Majority Rule versus Consensus: The Political Thought of John C. Calhoun. University Press of Kansas, 2009.
Doorstep Democracy: Face to Face Politics in the Heartland. University of Minnesota Press, 2008.
Power versus Liberty: Madison, Hamilton, Wilson and Jefferson. University of Virginia Press, 2000.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:
"Transforming Power Relations: Leadership, Risk, and Hope." With Ian Shapiro. Accepted for publication in the American Political Science Review. Publication date forthcoming.
"Living, Dead, and Undead: Nullification Past and Present." With Neal Allen. American Political Thought, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Fall 2012), 263-297.
"Is Power Zero-Sum or Variable-Sum? Old Arguments and New Beginnings." Journal of Political Power, Vol. 5 No. 1 (March 2012), 5-31.
"Leadership and Power in Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom." Journal of Power, Volume 3, No. 3 (December 2010).
"Bridging the Communal Abyss: Risk-Assuming Leadership and Democratic Settlements." With Ian Shapiro. Forthcoming in volume on democratic leadership edited by John Kane and Haig Patapan, to be published by Oxford University Press.
"Bridging the Communal Abyss: Risk-Assuming Leadership and Democratic Settlements." With Ian Shapiro. To be translated into Norwegian, forthcoming in a volume on Democracy, Regimes, and Power, edited by Knut Heidar and Dag Harald, to be published by Universitetsforlaget, a leading academic press in Norway.
"James Madison's Retirement, 1817-1836: Engaging the Republican Past, Present, and Future." In Stuart Leibiger, ed., A Companion to James Madison and James Monroe (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) 224-240. More information here.
Review of George Anastaplo, Reflections on Slavery and the Constitution. Forthcoming in Review of Politics, Vol. 75, No. 3 (2013).
Review of Michael P. Federici, The Political Philosophy of Alexander Hamilton. Forthcoming in Political Science Quarterly.
Review of Kevin R.C. Gutzman, James Madison and the Making of America. Liberty Law Blog, April 30, 2012.
Conference Presentations and Invited Talks (2012-2013):
"Transforming Power Relations: Leadership, Risk, and Hope." With Ian Shapiro. Presented to the Symposium on Good Democratic Leadership, Yale University, February 15-17, 2013.
"The Only True Sovereign of a Free People? Lincoln and Majority Rule." Presented to Lecture Series, "The Past, the Present, and the Future of the American Founding," Utah State University, April 15, 2013.
"Lincoln and Majority Rule." Presented to the Constitution Day Celebration, James Madison College, Michigan State University, September 27, 2012.
"Same-Sex Marriage as a Constitutional Issue." Presentation for Constitution Day, College of St. Benedict and St. John's University; Part I of the panel series "Examining the Proposed Minnesota Marriage Amendment." September 18, 2012.
"Transforming Power Relations: Leadership, Risk, and Hope." With Ian Shapiro. To be presented to the 2013 American Political Science Association, Chicago, Aug. 29-Sept. 1.
"Democracy, Conflict, and Collective Empowerment." Presented to the International Political Science Association, Madrid, Spain, July 8-12, 2012.
"The Only True Sovereign of a Free People? Lincoln and Majority Rule." To be presented to the 2013 American Political Science Association, Chicago, Aug. 29-Sept. 1.