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political science and leadership studies

Joe Hebert

Associate Professor

Political Science

Main Campus
Folwell Center, 1
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803


Dr. Hebert lives in Davenport with his wife and three children and is president of Una Voce Quad Cities


Education and Training

PhD, MA, University of Toronto
Political Science

BA, University of Maine


Classes Taught

PSCI 110 Law and Society
PSCI 120 Truth, Justice, and Politics: An Introduction to Political Philosophy
PSCI 304 The United States Constitution and Civil Liberties
PSCI 310 Virtue and Political Leadership
PSCI 320 Natural Law, Natural Rights, and the Common Good
PSCI 399 Special Topics: Shakespeare's Political Thought
PSCI 400 Research in Political Science
Faculty Mentor: 2012 Undergraduate Summer Research Institute-Justice, Judgment, and Mercy: a Study of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure


Areas of Professional Interest

  • Political philosophy, its history and application
  • Law, especially natural law, natural rights, and regime theory
  • Leadership and civic virtue
  • Politics and religion, especially first amendment issues and Catholic social thought
  • Liberal democracy and globalization
  • Politics and literature


Recent Publications

Alexis de Tocqueville and the Art of Democratic Statesmanship, Co-edited with Brian Danoff; Lexington Books, 2011.

More than Kings and Less than Men: Tocqueville on the Promise and Perils of Democratic Individualism, Lexington Books, 2010.

"Tocqueville's 'Administrative Decentralization' and the Catholic Principle of Subsidiarity," The Catholic Social Science Review (2011).

"Tocqueville, Cicero, and the Limits of the Polis," chapter in Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Globalization: Citizens without States, edited by Khalil Habib and Lee Trepanier; The University Press of Kentucky, 2011.

"Be Still and See: Leisure, Labor, and Human Dignity in Josef Pieper and John Paul II" Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture (2013). 

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