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Ruth W. Grant, Professor, Political Science

Ruth W. Grant
Contact Info:
Office Location:  140 Science Drive, 210G Gross
Office Phone:  (919) 660-4300
Email Address: send me a message


Ph.D.The University of Chicago1984
M.A.The University of Chicago1975
B.A.The University of Chicago1971

Political Theory
Research Interests: Politics and Ethics

Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, specializes in political theory with particular interest in early modern philosophy and political ethics. She is the author of two books: John Locke's Liberalism, and Hypocrisy and Integrity: Machiavelli, Rousseau and the Ethics of Politics. She has published articles in major journals in political science, law, and education as well as in Economics and Philosophy and The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. She has received fellowship awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Humanities Center. She is currently working on an edited volume called "Speak No Evil: Moral Judgment in the Modern Age" and on a project on the ethics of incentives.

Areas of Interest:

History of political philosophy
Early modern philosophy


Europe • Early Modern • ethics • political theory • liberalism

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Keegan F Callanan  
  • Nicholas R Troester  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Grant, RW, Reflections on a Career, Perspectives on Political Science, vol. 50 no. 3 (January, 2021), pp. 154-157 [doi]
  2. Grant, RW, Incentives and praise compared: the ethics of motivation, International Review of Economics, vol. 66 no. 1 (March, 2019), pp. 17-28 [doi]
  3. Grant, RW, Homo politicus: Reflections on the passions and the interests, Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, vol. 34B (January, 2016), pp. 123-137, Emerald Group Publishing Limited [doi]  [abs]
  4. Grant, RW; Hertzberg, BR, Locke on Education, in A Companion to Locke (October, 2015), pp. 448-465, JOHN WILEY & SONS INC, ISBN 9781405178150 [doi]  [abs]
  5. Grant, RW; Hertzberg, B, Education, in A Companion to Locke, edited by Stuart, M, vol. 13 (March, 2015), pp. 544 pages, WILEY-BLACKWELL, ISBN 1405178159 [doi]  [abs]