Gary M. Pendy Professor of Social Sciences
Government And Legal Studies
Hubbard Hall - 401
Explores the fundamental questions in political life: What is justice? What is happiness? Are human beings equal or unequal by nature? Do they even have a nature, or are they “socially constructed”? Are there ethical standards for political action that exist prior to law and, if so, where do they come from? Nature? God? History? Readings may include Plato, Aristotle, the Bible, Machiavelli, Locke, Rousseau, Shakespeare, the American Founders, Tocqueville, and Nietzsche.
A survey of classical political philosophy focusing on selected dialogues of Plato, the political writings of Aristotle, and St. Augustine's City of God. Examines ancient Greek and early Christian reflections on human nature, justice, the best regime, the relationship of the individual to the political community, the relationship of philosophy to politics, and the tension between reason and revelation.
Ms. Yarbrough is Professor of Government and Gary M. Pendy, Sr. Professor of Social Sciences, with teaching responsibilities in political philosophy and American Political Thought. She has twice received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, first in 1983-84, when she was named a Bicentennial Fellow and again in 2005-2006, under a "We the People" initiative. She is the author of American Virtues: Thomas Jefferson on the Character of a Free People (Kansas, 1998) , has edited The Essential Jefferson (Hackett, 2006) and, her most recent book, Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition, (University Press of Kansas, 2012) won the Richard E. Neustadt Award for 2013 (awarded annually by the American Political Science Association (APSA) for the best book on the Presidency). Ms. Yarbrough is the author of numerous articles and essays in American political thought and public policy, as well as other topics in political philosophy. She serves on the editorial boards of The Review of Politics and Polity, and was President of the New England Political Science Association in 2005.
Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition, (University Press of Kansas, 2012)
The Essential Jefferson, edited with an introduction (Hackett Press, 2006)
“The New Freedom,” review of Ronald J. Pestritto’s Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism, and Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings (Claremont Review of Books, Winter 2005/2006), pp. 29-31.
“The Forgotten T. R.,” Public Interest, no.148 (Summer 2002) pp. 49-69
“Duty, Honor, Country: On the Importance of the Military Virtues in Preserving our Republican Institutions,” adapted from keynote address at West Point celebrating its Bicentennial, Claremont Review of Books (Fall 2001) pp. 7-8
“Politics and Friendship in the Adams-Jefferson Correspondence,” in Friends and Citizens: Essays in Honor of Wilson Carey McWilliams, ed. Nancy Schwartz and Dennis Bathory (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000) pp. 67-79
“Thomas Jefferson and Republicanism,” in Thomas Jefferson and the Politics of Nature, ed. Thomas S. Engemann (South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 2000) pp. 59-80
With Richard E. Morgan, “Why the Founding is Back in Fashion,” City Journal (Autumn 1999) pp. 96-105
American Virtues: Thomas Jefferson on the Character of a Free People (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1998)
“The Moral Sense, Character Formation, and Virtue,” in Reason and Republicanism: Thomas Jefferson’s Legacy of Liberty, ed. Gary L. McDowell and Sharon L. Noble (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 1997) pp. 271-303
“Federalism and Rights at the Founding,” in Federalism and Rights, ed. Ellis Katz and G. Alan Tarr (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 1996) pp. 57-74
With Richard E. Morgan, “American Federalism: Lessons form the Founding,” in Constitution and Revolution, ed. Roberto Martucci (Macerata, Italy: Laboratorio di storia constituzionale, 1995) pp. 67-78
“The Constitution and Republican Character: The Missing Critical Principle?,” in To Form a More Perfect Union: The Critical Ideas of the Constitution, ed. Herman Belz, Ronald Hoffman and Peter J. Albert (University Press of Virginia, 1992) pp. 217-249
“Race and the Moral Foundation of the American Republic: Another Look at the
Declaration and the Notes on Virginia,” Journal of Politics, vol. 53, no. 1 (February, 1991) pp. 90-105
Contributor, The Spirit of the Constitution, ed. Robert A. Goldwin and Robert A. Licht (American Enterprise Institute, 1990)
“New Hampshire: Puritanism and the Moral Foundations of America, in Ratifying the Constitution, ed. Michael Gillespie and Michael Leinesch (University of Kansas Press, 1989) pp. 235-258
“Jefferson and Property Rights,” in Liberty, Property and the Foundations of the American Constitution, ed. Ellen Frankel Paul and Howard Dickman (State
University of New York Press, 1989) pp. 65-84
“James Madison and Modern Federalism,“ in How Federal is the Constitution?, ed. Robert Goldwin and William Schambra (American Enterprise Institute, 1987)
“Rethinking The Federalist’s View of Federalism,” Publius: The Journal of Federalism (Winter 1985) vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 31-53
With Peter Stern, “Vita Activa and Vita Contemplativa: The Philosophical Foundations of Hannah Arendt’s Political Thought,” The Review of Politics (April, 1981) pp. 323-354
“Republicanism Reconsidered: Some Thoughts on the Foundation and Preservation of the American Republic,” The Review of Politics, vol. 41 (January, 1979) pp. 61-95. Reprinted by USICA, 1981
“Some Thoughts on The Federalist’s View of Representation,” Polity, vol. XII, no. 1 (Fall 1979) pp. 65-82
“Representation and Republicanism: Two Views,” Publius: The Journal of Federalism (Spring 1979) vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 77-98. Reprinted in Republicanism, Representation and Consent, ed. Daniel I. Elazar (New Brunswick: Transaction Books, 1980) pp. 77-98
With Peter Stern, “Hannah Arendt,” in The American Scholar (Summer 1978) pp. 371-382. Reprinted in Masters: Portraits of Great Teachers, ed. Joseph Epstein (New York: Basic Books, 1981)