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Curriculum Vitae

Thomas A. Spragens

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Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204 (919) 660-4313 (office)
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Education

Ph.D.Duke University1968
A.B. with High Honors and DistinctionWesleyan University1963
Professional Experience / Employment History

Duke University
Professor, Department of Political Science, 1981-present
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, 1975-1981
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, 1968-1974
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

Elaine and David Spitz Book Prize, Conference for the Study of Political Thought, 2001
Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship, 1977-1978
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Younger Humanists, 1974
Summer Research Award, Duke Research Council, 1971
Danforth Graduate Fellow, 1963-1968
Finalist for Rhodes Scholarship, 1963
Professional Service

Dept Officer
Acting Chairman, Department of Political Science, 1978-1979
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Political Science, 1971-1974
Faculty Computer Liaison
Graduate Program Committee, December 2009
Graduate Admissions Committee, 2006
Dept Committees
Graduate Admissions Committee, 2010-2011
Chair, Graduate Admissions Committee, 2003-2004
Member, Graduate Admissions Committee, 2002-2003
Chair, Ad-Hoc Committee on Malachi Hacohen Secondary Appointment, 2002-2003
A&S Council
Islamic Studies Search Committee, 2006
Member, Arts and Sciences Council Curriculum Committee, 1999-2000
Member, Academic Council, 1996-1999, 2001-2003
Chairman, Faculty Affairs Committee, Arts and Science Council, 1994-1996
Chairman, Arts and Sciences Council, 1991-1993
University Committee
Chair, Committee of Review for Director of Athletics, 2003
Chair, Committee of Review for Dean of the Divinity School, 2001
Member, University Recreation Facility Advisory Committee, 1999-present
Member, Executive Steering Committee, NCAA Certification Self-Study, 1996-1997
Faculty Representative, Alumni Association Board of Directors, 1991-1995
Founding Chairman, Arts and Sciences Council, 1991-1993
Member, Residential Life Task Force, 1989-1990
Chairman, Committee on the Senior Year, 1989-1990
Adviser, Trinity Scholars (N.C. merit scholarship), 1989-1992
Member, University Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid, 1988-1990
Member, President's Committee on Discrimination, 1988-1990
Chairman, Athletic Council, 1987-1996
Chairman, President's Committee on Residential Life, 1984-1986
Trustee, Ad hoc Committee on Student-Faculty Relations, 1983-1984
Member, Athletic Council, 1983-1996
Trustee, Student Affairs Committee, 1982-1985
Chairman, Curriculum Committee of the Undergraduate Faculty Council, 1976-1977
Faculty Fellow, Few Federation, 1974-1977
University Services
Associate Dean, Arts and Sciences and Trinity College, 1988-1990
Faculty Representative, ACC amd NCAA, 1987-1996
Papers Refereed
outside reviewer for journals and university presses, outside reviewer for journals and university presses. November 22, 2010, November 2010
   Reviewed book manuscripts for Princeton University Press and New York University Press
outside reviewer for journals and university presses, outside reviewer for journals and university presses. December 18, 2009, December 2009
referree, referree. December 18, 2009, December 2009
   tenure review, Swarthmore College; promotion review, Brown University
referree, referree. 2008, 2008
   Tenure review, Utah University
referree, 2007
   promotion review, Tufts University
Special Projects
External reviewer for tenure/promotion cases, Brown University and University of Rochester, November 2010
Other
Chair, Elaine and David Spitz Book Prize Committee, 2007 - 2008
Member, Professional Association Membership, present
   APSA, SPSA, American Society of Political and Legal Philosophy
Reviewer, Review for Journals, present
   APSA, Journal of Politics, Political Theory, Social Science Quarterly, Annals, Ethics, Review of Politics, Polity.
Reviewer, Manuscript Reviewer, present
   Harvard University Press, University of Chicago Press, Princeton University Press, Cornell University Press, University of North Carolina Press, Duke University Press, St. Martin's Press, Cambridge University Press, Yale University Press, University of Florida Press, Kansas University Press, University of Wisconsin Press, Westview Press, Univesity of Virginia Press, Northern Illinois University Press, Rowman and Littlefield Pubishers, Lexington Books.
Chair, Foundations of Political Theory Section selection Committee for Best First Book Award, 2001
Member, Executive Committee and Steering Committee, NCAA Certification Self-Study, 1996-1997
Co-editor, Board of Editors, The Responsive Community, 1993-present
Member, Board of Editors, The Responsive Community, 1990-93
President, Atlantic Coast Confernce, 1990-1991
Member, Conference for the Study of Poltiical Thought, David Spitz Prize Committee, 1989, 2007
Vice President, Atlantic Coast Conference, 1989-1990
Secretary-Treasurer, Atlantic Coast Conference, 1988-1989
Member, Board of Editors, Journal of Politics, 1977-79, 1981-84, 993-1996
Selected Recent Invited Talks

"Contemporary Theories of Liberalism", University of Rochester Symposium on Contemporary Liberal Theory, April 1987

Publications

Books

  1. Spragens, TA, Reply to Bruce Miroff's review of Getting the Left Right: The Transformation, Decline, and Reformation of American Liberalism, Perspectives on Politics, vol. 8 no. 2 (2009), pp. 622-623, Cambridge University Press (CUP) [Gateway.cgi], [doi].
  2. Spragens, TA, Getting the Left Right: The Transformation, Decline, and Reformation of American Liberalism (2009), University Press of Kansas.
  3. Spragens, TA, Civic Liberalism: Reflections on Our Democratic Ideals (1999), Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers (Winner of the 2001 Elaine and David Spitz Prize for "best English language work of its year on the subject of liberal and/or democratic theory, broadly defined.".).
  4. Spragens, TA, Reason and Democracy (1990), pp. xi-281 pages, Durham, NC. Duke University Press.
  5. Spragens, TA, The Irony of Liberal Reason (1981), pp. vii-443 pages, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  6. Spragens, TA, Understanding Political Theory (1976), pp. vii-155 pages, New York: St. Martin’s.
  7. Spragens, TA, The Politics of Motion: The World of Thomas Hobbes (1973), pp. 224 pages, Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky (Published in Great Britain by Croom-Helm, Ltd., with a foreword by Anthony Flew..).
  8. Spragens, TA, The Dilemma of Contemporary Political Theory: Toward a Postbehavioral Science of Politics (1973), pp. ix-181 pages, New York: Dunellen Co. (foreward by Morton A. Kaplan.).

Chapters in Books

  1. Spragens, TA, Beyond Bigotry and Nihilism: Moral Judgment in Pluralist Democracies, in Naming Evil, Judging Evil, edited by Grant, R (2006), University of Chicago Press.
  2. Spragens, TA, Theories of Justice, Rights, and Duties: Negotiating the Interface Between Normative and Empirical Theory, in Human Rights and Duties: Psychology’s Contributions, the Law’s Commentary, edited by Finkel, NJ; Moghaddam, FM (2005), Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
  3. T.A. Spragens, Legislating Morality in Liberal Democracies, in The Communitarian Reader: Beyond the Essentials, edited by Amitai Etzioni, Andrew Volmert, and Elanit Rothschild (2004), Rowman and Littlefield (Lanham, Maryland).
  4. T.A. Spragens, Legislating Morality in Liberal Democracies, in The Communitarian Reader: Beyond the Essentials, edited by Amitar Etzioni, Andrew Volmert, and Elanit Rothschild (2004), Lanham, Maryland: Rowan and Littlefield Publishers.
  5. Spragens, TA, Legislating Morality in Liberal Democracies, in The Communitarian Reader: Beyond the Essentials, edited by Etzioni, A; Volmert, A; Rothschild, E (2004), Lanham, Maryland: Rowan and Littlefield Publishers.
  6. Spragens, TA, Between Bigotry and Nihilism: Moral Judgment in Pluralist Democracies, in Speak No Evil: Moral Judgment in the Modern Age, edited by Grant, R (forthcoming), University of Chicago Press (Chicago, Illinois).
  7. Spragens, TA, Legislating Morality in Liberal Democracies, in The Communitarian Reader: Beyond the Essentials, edited by Etzioni, A; Volmert, A; Rothschild, E (2004), Rowman and Littlefield (Lanham, Maryland).
  8. Spragens, TA, Church and State in Liberal America: Locke and Tocqueville Revisited, in Politics, Reason, and the Human Good, edited by Hunt, RP (2003).
  9. Spragens, TA, Rationality in Liberal Politics, in Political Theory and Partisan Politics, edited by Gundersen, A; Shively, R (2000), Albany NY: SUNY Press.
  10. Spragens, TA, Communitarian Liberalism, in New Communitarian Thinking, edited by Etzioni, A (1995), Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.
  11. Spragens, TA, The Limitations of Libertarianism, Parts 1 and 2, in Responsive Community, vol. 2, Issues 1 and 2 (Winter 1991 and Spring 1992) (Reprinted in Terence Ball and Richard Dagger, eds., Ideals and Ideologies: A Reader, 3rd edition (New York: Longman, 1999)..).
  12. Spragens, TA, Justification, Practical Reason, and Political Theory, in Justification, vol. NOMOS no. XXVIII (1986), New York and London: New York University Press.
  13. Spragens, TA, Reconstructing Liberal Theory: Reason and Liberal Culture, in Liberals on Liberalism, edited by Damico, AJ (1986), Totowa, N.J.: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.
  14. Spragens, TA, David Hume’s Experimental Science of Morals and the Natural Law Tradition, in The Ethical Bases of Political Life, edited by Canavan, F (1983), Durham, NC. Duke University Press.

Journal Articles

  1. with Spragens, TA; Miroff, B, Critical Dialogue, edited by Isaac, J, Perspectives on Politics, vol. Vol. 8 no. No. 2 (June, 2010), pp. 617-23, American Political Science Association.
  2. Spragens, TA, Democratic reasonableness, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, vol. 11 no. 2 (June, 2008), pp. 193-214, Informa UK Limited [doi].
  3. Jr, STA, Populist perfectionism: The other American liberalism, Social Philosophy and Policy, vol. 24 no. 1 (Winter, 2007), pp. 141-163 [Gateway.cgi].
  4. Spragens, TA, Communitarianism: Epitaph for a Monument to a Successful Reminder, The Responsive Community, vol. 14 no. 2/3 (Spring/Summer 2004).
  5. Spragens, TA, Justice, Consensus, and Boundaries: Assessing Political Liberalism, Political Theory, vol. 31 no. 4 (August 2003).
  6. Spragens, TA, Is the Enlightenment Project Worth Saving?, Modern Age, vol. 43 no. 1 (Winter, 2001).
  7. Spragens, TA, The Bounds of Civic Morality, The Responsive Community, vol. 11 no. 4 (Fall, 2001), pp. 41-47.
  8. Spragens, TA, The Antinomies of Social Justice, The Review of Politics, vol. 55 no. 02 (Spring, 1993), pp. 193-193, Cambridge University Press (CUP) [doi].
  9. Spragens, TA, The Politics of Inertia and Gravitation: The Function of Exemplar Paradigms in Social Theory, Polity (Spring, 1973).

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