Michael E. Brint, D.Phil.
Uyeno-Tseng Professor of International Studies, Professor of Political Science, Faculty Director CLU-Oxford Study Abroad
Dr. Brint has been a visiting professor at Stanford University; an assistant professor of government and foreign affairs at University of Virginia; Thomas Jefferson Professor at Cambridge University, England; and, immediately prior to coming to CLU, was Director of the Integrated Program in Humane Studies and Associate Professor of Humane Studies at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. From 2000-2005, Dr. Brint served as CLU's Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Political Science. In 2006, he was named the Uyeno-Tseng Professor of International Studies. As an alumnus of Balliol College, Oxford, he developed a study abroad program to Oxford University and Europe in 2008 and now serves as the program's permanent faculty director.
B.A. Honors in Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz (1977)
D.Phil. in Politics (emphasis in political theory), Balliol College, Oxford University (1984)
Thomas Jefferson Fellow
Z Society Award for Outstanding Professor (University of Virginia)
UVa Award for Outstanding Teaching
Kenyon College Award for Outstandng Teaching
American Political Science Association Award for Outstanding Teaching
Diversity Professor of the Year (twice at CLU)
Outstanding Faculty Support Award (2017)
Politics, Philosophy, and the Arts
History of Political Thought
The political and theatrical works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Politics and Love (in progress): A meditation on the politics of friendship, forgiveness, compassion, trust, and belonging.
Integrated Sciences: New Approaches to Education, ed. Brint, Marcey, Shaw (Springer, 2007)
Identity, Culture, and Nationalism in the Age of Globalization, ed. with Reneo Lukic (London: Ashgate, 2001)
An analysis of the impact of information technology on education, on culture, and on our changing conceptions of national identity.
Tragedy and Denial (Westview Press, 1993)
A look at classic works in political theory from the perspective of the dramatic arts focusing particularly on the ethics of diversity and difference. Translated into Chinese (2012)
On the Other : Dialogue And/or Dialectics with Roy Wagner, Richard Rorty, Robert P. Scharlemann (Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 1992)
Pragmatism in Law and Society, ed. with William Weaver (Harper-Collins, 1992)
A critical analysis of the ethical, legal, and social implications of pragmatism by such authors as Richard Rorty, Stanley Fish, and Ronald Dworkin.
A Genealogy of Political Culture (Westview Press, 1991)
An argument for a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to the study of political culture in particular and the examination of the liberal arts more generally. Translated into Chinese (2012)
Echoes of Narcisse: Rousseau's Political Theater (in progress)
Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s works of performance art (drama, music, and dance) are analyzed in relation to his political theory.
Variations on Love and Politics (in progress)
Director of Design and Project Manager: Evaluation and Assessment Program for Education-A data collection, reporting, and management system devised to provide a holistic approach to understanding and improving student learning.
Director of Design and Project Manager: Criteria-Delphi Method for Attaining Consensus on Institution-wide issues including evaluation criteria for general education requirements.
Director of Design and Project Manager: Expert Systems for Education-Uses data mining techniques and expert systems to identify patterns for learning improvement, strategic decision-making, & advising (design only)
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“The DarkWood of Meta-theory,” American Political Science Review, (1999-review)
“Being Digitally Educated: Dewey, Technology, and Learning by Doing,” (Pew Trust, Nov.
“Memory, Light, and Speed: Technology and Cultural Diversity” (CELAT, Quebec, July
“What Difference Does Anti-Foundationalism Make to Political Theory?” with William
Weaver and Meredith Garmon (New Literary History, Jan. 1995)
“American Political Cultures,” (American Political Science Review, Jan. 1995) book review
“Shadows of Modernity: Benjamin Constant” Journal of Politics (Jan. 1994) book review
“Identity and Difference in Christine de Pizan's City of Ladies,” with Margaret Brabant, in
Gender, Genre,and Politics, ed. Margaret Brabant, (Boulder: Westview Press, 1992)
“Democracy, Freedom, and Individual Liberty in French and American Political Thought,”
81-101, in Constitutionalism and Human Rights: America, Poland and France, ed.
Kenneth W.Thompson and Rett R. Ludwikowski (New York: University Press of
“The Politics of Difference,” 42-56, in Paralectics, ed. Robert P. Sharlemann (Baltimore:
American Free Press, 1991)
“Echoes of Narcisse,” Political Theory (November, 1988)
“Rousseau's Sexual Politics,” Political Theory (February 1987) book review
“Tragedy in Aristotle's Practical Philosophy” in Working Papers (Center for Advanced
Studies, April 1987)
“Is Constant's Liberalism Antidemocratic?” Review of Politics (October 1986) book review
“Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Benjamin Constant on Freedom,” Review of Politics (July 1985)
SELECTED INVITED LECTURES AND CONFERENCE PAPERS
“The Liberal and the Practical Arts,” AAC&U National Conference, 2002 (forthcoming)
“The Transformative Gift: A Definition of Liberal Learning,” Kenyon College, 2000
“Soaring Our Flight,” Inaugural lecture, California Lutheran University, 1999
“Collaborative Learning and Student Improvement,” North Central Association, 1999
“Educational Accountability and Institutional Improvement,” Invited Lecture for Senior Staff:
ORACLE CORPORATION, SUN MICROSYSTEMS, COMPAQ, SCT, KNOWLEDGE UNIVERSE, NATIONAL CENTER FOR TEACHING LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT (Penn State), SAN DIEGO CITY SCHOOLS, ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, 1998-1999
“Problems of Privacy in Electronic Education,” EDUCOM, 1997
“Nationalism and Technology,” Laval University, Quebec, 1995
“Putting the `E' Back into Différance,” Center for Advanced Studies, May 1990
“Why Tocqueville Never Talked About the American Revolution” Bicentennial on the French
Revolution, University of Virginia, 1989
“The Trial of Philosophy” American Political Science Association, Chicago, 1986
Interpreting Rousseau: A Dialogue on Freedom (Oxford 1984)