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Kevin Slack

Associate Professor of Politics

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“In American political thought, Hillsdale offers, in my opinion, the best selection of classes anywhere.”

~ Kevin Slack


B.A. in History, Indiana University, 1999

M.A. in Political Science, University of California–Davis, 2003

M.A. in Political Theory, University of Dallas, 2006

Ph.D. in Politics, University of Dallas, 2009

Courses Taught

POL 101: The U.S. Constitution

POL 214/605: Late Modern Political Philosophy

POL 220: Introduction to American Foreign Policy

POL 301: American Government

POL 308: Public Policy

POL 403: American Progressivism and Liberalism

POL 405/515/752: Post-1960s Liberalism

POL 405/747: American Colonial Thought

POL 416: Idealism and Historicism: Kant and Hegel

POL 416: Political Theory in Action: John Rawls to the Present

POL 416/597: 20th and 21st Century Political Thought

POL 514: Hegel

POL 597: Empire, Nationalism, Republicanism

POL 804: Herbert Marcuse


Benjamin Franklin, Natural Right, and the Art of Virtue. Rochester, New York: University of Rochester Press, 2017.

Select Publications

“Benjamin Franklin’s Metaphysical Essays and the Virtue of Humility,” In American Political Thought 2, No. 1, Spring 2013, 31-61.

“On the Sources and Authorship of ‘A Letter From Father Abraham to His Beloved Son,’” In New England Quarterly 86, No. 3, September 2013, 467-87.

“On the Origins and Intention of Benjamin Franklin’s ‘On the Providence of God in the Government of the World,’” In Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 137, No. 4, October 2013, 345-79.

“The False Genealogies of Neo-Progressivism.” In Anamnesis, August 2013.

“Liberalism Radicalized: The Sexual Revolution, Multiculturalism, and the Rise of Identity Politics.” In Heritage First Principles Series, No. 46, 2013.

Review of Governed by a Spirit of Opposition: The Origins of American Political Practice in Colonial Philadelphia by Jessica Choppin Roney. In American Political Thought 5, No. 2, Spring 2016, 326-29.

“Benjamin Franklin’s Last Prayer.” In The American Thinker, September 2017.

“A Foucauldian Study of Spanish Colonialism.” In The Latin Americanist 62, Issue 3, September 2018, 433-457.

“Thomas Hobbes and the Defense of Liberalism.” In Trump and Political Philosophy: Leadership, Statesmanship, and Tyranny, edited by Marc Sable and Angel Jaramillo Torres, New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2018, 107-30.

“Machiavelli’s Thoughts on Venice.” In RamifySymposium in Honor of Leo Paul de Alvarez, Fall 2019, 51-66.

Review of Thomas Jefferson and the Science of Republican Government: A Political Biography of Notes on the State of Virginia by Dustin Gish and Daniel Klinghard, H-FedHist, June 2019.

“Progressivism’s Aristocratic Fantasies: Kevin Slack replying to David Azerrad.” The American Mind, April 2019.

“Susan Sontag Was Not the Sole Author of Freud: The Mind of the Moralist.” VoegelinView, May 2020.

“Benjamin Franklin and the Reasonableness of Christianity.” Church History 90, Iss. 1 (March 2021): 68-97.