Jonathan Schwartz is the 2014-2016 postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy. His interests are in modern, contemporary, and continental political theory. His work focuses on the nature of political judgment, realism in political theory, and environmental political theory. In 2016, his book, Arendt's Judgment: Freedom, Responsibility, Citizenship, will be appearing with the University of Pennsylvania Press. He also has work appearing in the European Journal of Political Theory. He is currently developing projects on judgment and political theory, realism in political theory, and environmental political thought. He has taught course on modern ideologies, radical political economy, and environmental political theory.

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Brendon Westler

Post Doc
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Research and Teaching Interests: Modern and Contemporary Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Hispanic Political Thought, Comparative Political Theory, Social Movements, American Political Thought

My research falls within the area of comparative political theory, exploring the formation of political ideologies in the Hispanic context. In particular, I chart the development of liberalism in Spain, showing how the influence of Spain’s Catholic scholastic tradition resulted in a liberalism tinged with republican features. My dissertation presents this history of liberalism in Spain and identifies the thought of Jose Ortega y Gasset as its primary representative.  Work from this project has been published, or is forthcoming, in Journal of the History of Ideas and the Review of Politics.

Following completion of my current project, I will shift focus to the liberal constitutionalism of Latin America.  Much like in Spain, the early constitutional experiments of the former Spanish colonies--particularly in Mexico--reflected a liberalism which drew more heavily on Catholic thought than did the liberalisms of Britain, France, or North America.  I intend to show how such a distinct vision of liberalism resulted in constitutional projects that pursued institutional designs and normative ends that were different from those found in the Anglo-Saxon tradition.

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