Department of Political Science
1126 AuSable Hall
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401
Ph.D., University of Minnesota.
B.A., Calvin College.
Professor, Political Science, Grand Valley State University, 2014-
Visiting Professor, Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto, 2010.
Associate Professor, Political Science, Grand Valley State University, 2007-2014.
Assistant Professor, Political Science, Grand Valley State University, 2003-2007.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2001-2003.
Fields: political theory, religion and politics, constitutional law
PLS 206 American Constitutional Foundations
PLS 232 Modern Political Thought
PLS 333 Contemporary Political Thought
PLS 337 American Political Thought
“Exposure and Disclosure: The Risk of Hermeneutical Truth in Democratic Politics,” Truth Matters: Knowledge, Politics, Ethics, Religion, edited by Lambert Zuidervaart et al, McGill-Queen’s University Press (2014).
“Habermas, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Problem of Religion in Public Life,” Philosophy & Social Criticism 39.3 (2013).
“Beyond Disentanglement: the Politics of Reconstructing Religion and Superstition in Calvin's Geneva,” Il Pensiero Politico: Rivista di Distoria delle Idee Politiche e Sociali 43.3 (2010).
“Politics, Religion, and the Spaces of Secularity,” Fides et Historia 40.2 (2008).
“The Force of Tradition and the History of Political Thought,” Fides et Historia 39.1 (2007).
“Friendship, Otherness, and Gadamer’s Politics of Solidarity,” Political Theory 34.5 (2006).
“Bringing the Deliberative Back In: Gadamer on Conversation and Understanding,”Contemporary Political Theory 4.2 (2005).
“The Accusations of Conscience and the Christian Polity in John Calvin’s Political Thought,” History of Political Thought 24.3 (2003): 397-414.
The Invention of Religion: Rethinking Belief in Politics and History, Rutgers University Press, 2002. Co-edited with Derek Peterson.
Derek Peterson and Darren Walhof, “Rethinking Religion,” in The Invention of Religion: Rethinking Belief in Politics and History, Rutgers University Press, 2002.
Chosen to give annual "Last Lecture" by Grand Valley Student Senate, 2012.
Pew Teaching Excellence Award, Grand Valley State University, 2008.
Student Award for Faculty Excellence, Grand Valley Student Senate, 2008.
Outstanding Teaching in Political Science. American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha, 2008.
“Iterating Rights Claims and Confronting Sovereignty,” American Political Science Association annual meeting, Chicago, Illinois, August 29-31, 2013.
“Public Justice, Not Public Reason: Religion and the Ethics of Democratic Citizenship,” Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, March 22-25, 2012.
“Democratic Legitimacy, Religious Reasons, and the Debate over Marriage,” Current Trends in American Politics and Public Life, Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, November 9, 2011.
“The Rhetorical Turn: Deliberate or Deliberative Democracy?" Western Political Science Association, San Antonio, Texas, April 21-23, 2011.
"Reconceptualizing Religion in Democratic Theory,” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 22-25, 2010.
“Deliberative Democracy's Religion Problem,” Western Political Science Association, San Francisco, California, April 1-3, 2010.
“Religion, Tradition, and Democratic Theory,” Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto, Ontario, March 31, 2010.
“Habermas, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Problem of Religion in Public Life,” Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto, January 18, 2010.
“Beyond Belief: The Mutual Constitution of Religion and Politics,” Association for Political Theory Conference, College Station, Texas, October 22-24, 2009.
“Sovereignty and the New Cosmopolitanism,” Thinking Without Borders: International Political Theory in the 21st Century Conference, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK, June12-13, 2008.
“‘A Needless Mass of Inanities’: Disciplining Superstition and Inventing Religion in Calvin’s Geneva,” Association for Political Theory Conference, Bloomington, Indiana, November 2-5, 2006.
“Conceptual History and the Force of Tradition,” Crossroads: Writing Conceptual History beyond the Nation-State, the 9th Annual International Conference of the History of Political and Social Concepts Group (HPSCG), Uppsala, Sweden, August 24-26, 2006.
“Secular Protestantism: Religion and Politics in the U.S." Facoltà di Scienze Politiche, Università degli studi di Perugia (Italy), May 18, 2005.
“Gadamer’s Traditional Politics,” Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Oakland, California, March 17-19, 2005.
“We Must Be Out of Our Mind: a Defense of Tradition, Authority, and Prejudice,” (co-authored with Clarence Joldersma), After Worldview Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, September 16-18, 2004.
“Understanding and the Other in Hermeneutical Political Theory,” Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, April 17-19, 2004.
“Solidarity, Friendship, and Practical Reason,” Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, March 11-13, 2004.
“Political Theory as Practical Philosophy,” Association for Political Theory Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 18-19, 2003.
“Democratic Deliberation and Gadamer’s Phenomenology of Conversation,” Annual Conference of the Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences, Chicago, Illinois, October 10-12, 2002.