I’m Jason Swadley, a doctoral student of political philosophy at Brown University. I’m studying the history of political thought, with an emphasis on the idea of self-interest from the Enlightenment through today. You can find out more about me here. Please feel free to contact me.


Brown University
Ph.D., Political Theory, 2009-Present

University of Chicago
M.A., Political Theory, 2008

Drury University
B.A., American Politics, 2007
B.A., Rhetoric, 2007
Summa cum laude with Honors


Adjunct Professor
Drury University, Springfield, Missouri, 2008-Present
Courses taught: American elections, parties, and interest groups; Introduction to American politics; Philosophy of peace and war

Fellowships and Awards

Institute for Humane Studies
Humane Studies Fellowship 2010-2011

Drury University
Trustee Scholar (highest university funding award) – 2003-2007
Ruth Bamberger Political Science Award (highest department award) – 2007
Outstanding Research Paper in Political Science and History – 2007
Outstanding Freshman & Senior Political Science Student – 2004, 2007


2010 – “The Crooked Timber in Society: Kant’s Unsocial Sociability”
Conference Paper, Midwest Political Science Association

2008 – “Immanuel Kant’s Project for Peace” (Download PDF)
University of Chicago, Master’s Thesis, Supervised by Jean Bethke Elshtain

2007 – “Hayekian Individualism and Presidential Rhetoric”
Drury University, Senior Honors Thesis

Professional Activities

2008 – Discussant, “The ‘Grundlegung’ as Turn”
Political Theory Workshop, University of Chicago
Response to an essay in progress about the role of a moral turn in the works of Immanuel Kant.


Liberalism, 17th and 18th Century Political Thought, Political Ethics, Rhetoric, Self-interest


Basic German, French, and Spanish