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Ruth W. Grant, Professor of Political Science and Philosophy    editRuth W. Grant

Office Location: 140 Science Drive, 293 Gross H
Office Phone: (919) 660-4316
Fax:  (919) 660-4330
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PhD, University of Chicago, 1984
M.A., University of Chicago, 1975
B.A. with honors, University of Chicago, 1971

Political Theory

Research Interests: Politics and Ethics, Early Modern Political Philosophy
Ruth Grant is a Professor of Political Science at Duke University, specializing in political theory with a particular interest in early modern philosophy and political ethics. She is the author of John Locke's Liberalism and of Hypocrisy and Integrity: Machiavelli, Rousseau and the Ethics of Politics. She is also the editor of two collections of essays; Naming Evil, Judging Evil and In Search of Goodness. Her most recent book is Strings Attached: Untangling Ethics of Incentives. For further information please visit Her work originally focused on the historical study of liberal thought and has moved increasingly toward contemporary ethics. Her articles have appeared in a variety of journals including APSR, Political Theory, Journal of Politics, and Politics and Society. She has received fellowship awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center, and the Russell Sage Foundation, and a teaching award from Duke University.
Teaching (Fall 2015):
  • POLSCI 584S.01, Modern political theory Synopsis
    Gross Hall 111, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)
  • R.W. Grant. "John Locke on Custom's Power and Reason's Authority." Review of Politics (Fall, 2012).
  • R.W. Grant. Strings Attached: Untangling t he Ethics of Incentives. Princeton University Press and Russell Sage Foundation, 2012.
  •  In Search of Goodness. Edited by Ruth W. Grant. University of Chicago Press, 2011.
  • R.W. Grant. "Passions and Interests Revisited: the Psychological Foundations of Economics and Politics." Public Choice (forthcoming).
  • R.W. Grant. "Ethics and Incentives: A Political Approach." American Political Science Review (February, 2006).

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