Professor Paul Cornish

Paul Cornish

Professor Paul Cornish
Department of Political Science
1129 AuSable Hall
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401
(616) 331-3502

State University of New York at Buffalo
Ph.D., September 1995, Dissertation: Rule and Subjection: The Concept of Dominium in Saint Augustine and Saint Thomas Aquinas.
M.A., September 1991, Project: The Origins of Legitimate Political Authority: Native American Governments in Canada and the United States.
S.U.N.Y. College at Geneseo B.A. May, 1989
Monroe Community College A.S. May, 1987

Fields: political theory, American politics

Classical Political Thought
American Constitutional Foundations
Comparative Political Systems/Canada

Select Publications

“Augustine’s Contribution to the Republican Tradition,” forthcoming in European Journal of Political Theory 9 [2010].

“John Courtney Murray and Thomas Aquinas on Obedience and the Civil Conversation,” Vera Lex: Journal of the International Natural Law Society, New Series, 9 [2008] 49-75.

“Marriage, Slavery and Natural Rights in the Political Thought of Aquinas,” Review of Politics 60 [1998] 545-561.

“Spanish Thomism and the American Indians: Vitoria and Las Casas on the Toleration of Cultural Difference,” in Cary J. Nederman and John C. Laursen, editors, Difference and Dissent: Theories of Toleration in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (New York: Roman & Littlefield, 1996) 99-117.


I began work as a graduate instructor at The State University of New York at Buffalo in 1989 and completed by doctoral dissertation there in 1995. After that I continued teaching as an adjunct lecturer and instructor at UB, Canisius College, Niagara University, Buffalo State College, and Geneseo State College before coming to Grand Valley State as a visiting instructor in 2000.