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Politics Faculty

Justin Litke– Assistant Professor

Name

Justin B. Litke is an assistant professor of politics and a fellow of the Center for the Study of Statesmanship. He has taught at Western Kentucky University, Belmont Abbey College, and George Washington University. In 2018, he returned to teach Catholic, his undergraduate alma mater. Dr. Litke teaches a variety of courses in American political thought and the history of political theory, focusing in particular on the nature and development of political traditions. In 2013, he published his first book, Twilight of the Republic: Empire and Exceptionalism in the American Political Tradition with the University Press of Kentucky. He is also interested in and writing on the implications of the American political tradition for U.S. foreign policy and is currently at work on two book manuscripts. The first concerns the American tradition of republicanism and its intersections with foreign policy. The second centers on American statesman Henry Clay's work in Congress and develops a new reading of Federalist 10 alongside empirical analysis of Congressional voting. Dr. Litke has been nominated for a number of teaching awards and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for political theory with his students. He earned the Ph.D. with Distinction from Georgetown University in 2010.

 

Books

Twilight of the Republic: Empire and Exceptionalism in the American Political Tradition (University of Kentucky Press, 2013).

Presentations

“A Little Place and a Big Idea: Republicanism and Imperialism in America” (2017 Academy of Philosophy and Letters Annual Conference)

Publius was Right (and Henry Clay Does Not Matter: The Non-Compromise of 1833” (2016 MPSA Annual Conference)

The Benedict Option and Violence” (2016 Academy of Philosophy and Letters Annual Conference)

 

Media Appearances

 

Honors and Appointments


Link to CV
 

Contact

Office: 422B Columbus School of Law, 
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20064

Phone: 202-319-4690

E-mail: litke@cua.edu

 

Courses

  • POL 211 – Introduction to Political Theory
  • POL 477/577– Political Theory of the American Framing
  • POL 652 – Political Theory II (Graduate Seminar)
  • POL 111 – Introduction to American Politics


Education

Georgetown University  
Washington, DC – Ph.D., 2010

Georgetown University 
Washington, DC – M.A., 2009

The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC – B.A., 2006  

 

Areas of Expertise

  • American political thought
  • History of political theory
  • American foreign policy and exceptionalism