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Benjamin Patrick Newton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Coordinator of Legal Studies
Contact Information
Email:bnewton@tarleton.edu
Office:O.A. Grant Humanities, Room 390
Phone:254-968-0599

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Courses Offered

Undergraduate
  • GOVT2305 Federal Government (Fall and Spring)
  • POLS3309 The Judiciary (Spring - Odd Years)
  • POLS4301 Constitutional Law I (Fall)
  • POLS4302 Constitutional Law II (Spring)
  • POLS4385 Seminar in Roman Political Philosophy (Fall - Odd Years)

Research and Scholarly Activities

Research Activities
  • Political Philosophy
  • Jurisprudence
  • Legal Studies
  • Constitutionalism
Scholarly Activities
  • Talk, Mr. Justice Hobbes? On the Jurisprudence of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Social Sciences Faculty Colloquium, Tarleton State University, March 2017.
  • Panelist, "Interpreting the Second Amendment," Tarleton State University, September 19, 2016.
  • Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2016: Paper, Mr. Justice Hobbes: On the Political Philosophy of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., in the “Constitutional Theory and Philosophy” panel, April 8, 2016. Chair and Discussant, “Constitutional Interpretation, Original Meaning, and Judicial Supremacy” panel, April 8, 2016.
  • Organizer, Constitution Day lecture and events, with invited speaker Dr. Mark Graber presenting, “One-and-a-Half Cheers for Obergefell v. Hodges,” September 13-14, 2015
  • Talk, Cicero on the Limits of Political Dialogue, Dialogue Institute Southwest, May 2, 2015.
  • Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2015: Paper, A Discourse on Cicero’s De Officiis, or On Duties, in the “Issues in Political Theory” panel, April 16, 2015. Chair, “Questions of Democracy” panel, April 17, 2015. Chair and Discussant, “Issues in Liberal Political Thought” panel, April 18, 2015 Discussant, “The Gods and the Poets of the Classical City” panel, April 17, 2015. Mentor, Mentoring Reception, April 17, 2015.
  • Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April, 2012: Paper, Ciceronian Foresight: Politics and Providence in De Natura Deorum, in the “Well-being Public and Private” panel, April 15, 2012. Discussant, “Platonic Politics” panel, April 13, 2012.
  • Paper, The Walls of the World: Lucretius and the Politics of Happiness, in the “Roman Political Thought” panel, at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2, 2011.
  • Talk, On Religiosity, or Whether Mankind May Abandon the Absolute and Embrace the Conditional, Political Theory Workshop, University of Maryland, College Park, May 2010.
  • Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2010: Chair, “Pragmatism, Skepticism and Democratic Individualism” panel, April 24, 2010. Chair and Discussant, “Religious Pluralism” panel, April 23, 2010. Chair, “Tocqueville’s America” panel, April 23, 2010.
  • Participant, “Constitutional Law Schmooze”, organized by the University of Maryland Law School, Baltimore, MD, February 26-27, 2010. (By invitation only)
  • Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2009: Discussant, “Kant You Always Get What You Want?” panel, April 5, 2009. Paper, The American Institution of Courts and the Higher Law Being, Fundamentally Bound, in the “Historical Perspectives on Legal Doctrines: 18th and 19th Centuries” panel, April 4, 2009.
  • Participant, “Constitutional Law Schmooze”, organized by the University of Maryland Law School, Baltimore, MD, February 20-21, 2009. (By invitation only)
  • Paper, An Essay on the Salutary Habits of Restraint or, Cultivating Democracy, in the “Limits of Democracy” panel, at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 3, 2008.
  • Talk, An Essay on the Salutary Habits of Restraint or, Cultivating Democracy, Political Theory Workshop, University of Maryland, College Park, April 2008.
  • Participant, “Constitutional Law Schmooze”, organized by the University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, MD, February 22-23, 2008. (By invitation only)
  • Paper, Thucydidean Answers to Nietzschean Questions: Das religiöse Wesen, in the “Topics in Ancient Political Thought” panel, at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Political Science Association, April 12, 2007.
  • Talk, Thucydidean Answers to Nietzschean Questions: Das religiöse Wesen, Political Theory Workshop, University of Maryland, College Park, November 2006.
  • Talk, The Idea of Rhetoric in Plato’s Phaedrus, Political Philosophy Colloquium, University of Wisconsin, Madison, November 2005.

Publications

Refereed Publications
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Presentations
  • See "Research and Scholarly Activities," "Scholarly Activities"

Professional Affiliations & Accreditations

  • American Political Science Association
  • Federalist Society
  • Midwestern Political Science Association
  • Société Internationale des Amis de Cicéron
  • Society for Greek Political Thought

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park (2012)
  • M.A., Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park (2009)
  • M.A., History, University of Wisconsin, Madison (2006)
  • B.A., Classics, Honors Program in Liberal Arts, Cum Laude, The Ohio State University (2003)

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Benjamin Patrick Newton, Ph.D.

Dr. Benjamin Newton is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of Legal Studies at Tarleton State University. He has studied government, law, history, and classics, and incorporates these studies into his teaching and research. He researches political philosophy and jurisprudence. His publications include Marcus Tullius Cicero: On Duties published by Cornell University Press.