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Colin Brown

Ph.D. Candidate

Shawnee, Kansas
Associate Director of Research for the Churchill Project, Hillsdale College

Education

B.A. Ave Maria University, Literature, 2012

M.A. Hillsdale College, Politics, 2016

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“The study of American politics within the tradition of political philosophy is one of Hillsdaleā€™s strongest attributes.”

~ Colin Brown

About

I am greatly interested in the whole history of political philosophy and its influence on American political life. My current research focuses on the intersection of early modern political theory and the practice of foreign affairs, with a particular emphasis on the writings, thought, and statesmanship of Benjamin Franklin. I am also greatly interested in the origins of modernity, as well as issues related to foreign policy and international relations more generally.

After graduation, I intend to teach at the collegiate level, while also working on both academic and popular writings. Hopefully, I will have opportunities to pursue as many of my interests as possible, from imperialism in the early modern era to the role of the imagination in Rousseau’s psychology.

Dissertation

Benjamin Franklin and the Science of National Interest (in progress)

Research Interests

American Political Thought (with emphasis on the Founding and Modern Liberalism)

Early Modern Political Theory

History of Political Philosophy

International Relations Theory

Ethics and Moral Psychology

Natural Law Theory

Academic Experience

POl 101: U.S. Constitution. Taught at Hillsdale College, Spring 2018.

“‘The Greatest Political Structure Human Wisdom Ever Yet Erected’: Benjamin Franklin’s Science of National Interest and the Politics of Empire.” Presented at the Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, IL, April 2018.

“Benjamin Franklin on the Promise and Peril of Imperial Politics.” Presented at the American Political Science Association. San Francisco, CA, August 2017.

Languages

Latin

German