Political science faculty

Daniel Edward Young, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science
Department Chair

Ph.D., Temple University
M.P.I.A., University of Pittsburgh
B.A., Calvin College

VPH 209


Dr. Young is a political theorist with research interests in modern political thought, the political theory of international relations, and the intersection of theology and political theory. He has presented papers at several academic conferences in the United States and has authored articles, book chapters, and book reviews. His current research is on the relationship of political liberalism and natural law.


  • History of Political Thought

    History of Political Thought

    (4 credits, alternate years, consult department) A critical analysis of classical and contemporary political theories, both secular and Christian. Special consideration is given to the issue of the relation between political philosophy and the practice of political science. Prerequisite: junior class st anding, or permission of the instructor.
  • American Political Thought

    American Political Thought

    (4 credits, non-yearly, consult department) (American politics) A survey of the historical development of American political thought with attention to significant American political thinkers from the colonial period to the present. Special emphasis will be given to the uneasy relationship between liberalism and democr acy and the interaction between American political institutions and culture.
  • Topics in International Problems

    Topics in International Problems

    (2-4 credits, non-yearly, consult department) This course explores a particular problem in international politics, using descriptive, theoretical and normative perspectives. Issues addressed may include war, ethics and foreign policy, and hunger. We will explore relevant Christian thinking to assess proposed solutions.
  • Special Topics

    Special Topics

    (2 or 4 credits, non-yearly, consult department) A study of political themes or issues not fully covered in other courses in response to student or faculty interests.
  • International Relations

    International Relations

    (4 credits, alternate years, consult department) An introduction to basic concepts in the study of the modern states system. We will study especially the problem of war and diplomacy in an "anarchical society." In addition, we will explore some Christian perspectives on the theory and practice of international relations, especially the contested concept of sovereignty.
  • Comparative Politics

    Comparative Politics

    (4 credits) A broad survey of politics, political change, political institutions and public policy in several selected countries from different continents. Contrasts with the United States are emphasized and special attention is paid to historical development, ideological, religious and social factors.
  • Human Geography

    Human Geography

    (4 credits) This course introduces the study of political, physical and cultural features of space and place around the world. Familiarity with major physical and political features of the world's regions will be stressed. In addition, the course will raise various issues connected with the cultural aspect of geography, e.g., perceptions of place, changes in space over time, the interactions of human communities, the natural environment and patterns of human presence on the land.
  • Political Ideologies

    Political Ideologies

    (4 credits) (IGE option under Self and Society) (American politics) A survey of contemporary political ideologies such as liberalism, conservatism, socialism, and others. Students will seek to understand the relevance of these ideologies for public policy, and will seek to develop a Christian perspective on, and critique of, contemporary ideologies.

Publications and presentations

  • "MacIntyre, Alasdair C." in The Encyclopedia of Political Thought (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2014)
  • “Escape from Machiavellianism? Thomist Themes in Twentieth Century Political Realism.” Politics and Religion (December 2011)
  • "International Institutions and the Problem of Judgment" in Christianity and Power Politics Today: Christian Realism and Contemporary Political Dilemmas, edited by Eric Patterson (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).
  • "Martin Wight: Politics in the Era of Leviathan" in The Christian Realists: Reassessing the Contributions of Niebuhr and his Contemporaries, edited by Eric Patterson (University Press of America, 2003).


  • American Political Science Association
  • Association for Political Theory
  • Christians in Political Science
  • International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry