Bryan Garsten is Professor of Political Science and the Humanities, and Chair of the Humanities Program. Professor Garsten played a pivotal role in the Grand Strategy course this year, providing the leadership for the first 3-4 weeks with his expertise in Thucydides, the Roman Empire, and Machiavelli, and he will play a primary role next year as well. Professor Garsten is the author of Saving Persuasion: A Defense of Rhetoric and Judgment (Harvard University Press, 2006) as well as articles on political rhetoric and deliberation, the meaning of representative government, the relationship of politics and religion, and the place of emotions in political life. Garsten is now finishing a book called The Heart of a Heartless World that examines the ethical, political and religious core of early nineteenth century liberalism in the United States and France. He has also edited Rousseau, the Enlightenment, and Their Legacies, a collection of essays by the Rousseau scholar Robert Wokler (Princeton University Press, 2012). His writings have won various awards, including the First Book Prize of the Foundations of Political Theory section of the American Political Science Association.
Garsten teaches “Introduction to Political Philosophy,” “Aristotle’s Political Thought,” “Political Representation,” “Problems in Political Theory,” and “Directed Studies: History & Politics,” among other courses. His work in the classroom earned him the 2008 Poorvu Family Prize for Interdisciplinary Teaching.