Patrick  Deneen

Patrick Deneen

Patrick J. Deneen is currently a Professor of Political Science and holds the David A. Potenziani Memorial Chair of Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining the faculty of Notre Dame in 2012, he taught at Princeton University (1997-2005) and Georgetown University (2005-2012), where he held the Markos and Eleni Tsakapoulos-Kounalakis Chair in Hellenic Studies. From 2005-2007 he served as principle Speechwriter and Special Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Information Agency, Joseph Duffey.

His books include The Odyssey of Political Theory, Democratic Faith, Conserving America?, and most recently, Why Liberalism Failed, which appeared in January, 2018 with Yale University Press.

In addition to academic work, he frequently writes for journals of opinion, including First Things, The American Conservative, The Weekly Standard, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Commonweal. He is a regular contributor to a variety of online journals and blogs, which has gained him an extensive readership beyond academic audiences.

Deneen was series editor of Political Companions to Great American Authors with the University Press of Kentucky from 2005-2017; and"Radical Conservatisms" (along with co-editor Elizabeth Corey) with University of Pennsylvania Press. He serves on a number of editorial boards, including Perspectives on Political Science and American Political Thought. He is a contributing editor with the journal The American Conservative.

While at Georgetown University, Deneen founded and served as Founding Director of the "Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy," which became a vibrant center for reflection on the contributions of political thought to American politics and culture. At the University of Notre Dame he is an affiliate faculty with the Tocqueville Program for Inquiry into Religion and American Public Life, and theMinor in Constitutional Studies, both of which he served as Interim Director from 2014-2015. He currently serves as Acting Director of the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame for the Spring 2018 semester.

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Patrick Deneen joins Jim Blasingame to tell his story about how he dealt with liberal influences in universities he’s worked in as a conservative/libertarian political science professor.
Patrick Deneen joins Jim Blasingame to report on the structural defect in liberalism, and therefore, why Liberals should love businesses because they actually make the numbers work and pay taxes.
Patrick Deneen joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the rise of populism across the globe, especially in the U.S., and whether this force is a threat to both the Democrats and Republicans.