Bryan Garsten

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Professor of Political Science & Acting Chair of Humanities, Yale College

Bryan Garsten is Professor of Political Science. He is the author of Saving Persuasion: A Defense of Rhetoric and Judgment (Harvard University Press, 2006) as well as articles and essays on questions about political rhetoric, deliberation, trust and anger, practical judgment, representative government, and liberal understandings of religion.

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 just 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. His work in the classroom earned him the 2008 Poorvu Family Prize for Interdisciplinary Teaching.

In the recent past Garsten has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies for Yale’s major in Ethics, Politics and Economics and the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Political Science. He is also active in the humanities, serving as a member of the Executive Committee for Yale’s Humanities Program and a Fellow at the Whitney Humanities Center. He is currently the co-president of the International Conference on the Study of Political Thought and a Fellow of the National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education.