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Daniel Burns, Ph.D.


Ph.D. Boston College, 2012
B.A. Williams College, 2006

Academic Appointments

University of Dallas, Irving, TX.
Assistant Professor, 2012–

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.
Postdoctoral Fellow at Thomas Jefferson Center for Core Texts and Ideas, 2014–15.

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.
Teaching Fellow, 2012, 2010.

Recent Courses

POL 6387: Locke (grad seminar).
POL 7371: Xenophon (grad seminar).
IPS 8342: Hobbes and Rousseau (grad seminar).
POL 6388: Rousseau (grad seminar). 2013S.
POL 3334/5306: Enlightenment and Liberal Democracy
POL 3332/5304: Aristotle’s Politics
POL 3342: Politics and the Family 
POL 1311: Principles of American Politics 

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications 

“Alfarabi and the Creation of an Islamic Political Science.” Review of Politics 77, no. 3 (2016), pp. 365–89.

“The Place of the Bible in the Strauss-Kojève Debate.” In Philosophy, History, and Tyranny: Re-examining the Debate Between Leo Strauss and Alexandre Kojève, edited by Timothy Burns and Bryan-Paul Frost (Albany: SUNY, 2016), pp. 83–117.

“Augustine on the Moral Significance of Human Law.” Revue d’études augustiniennes et patristiques 61, no. 2 (2015), pp. 273–98.

 “Augustine’s Introduction to Political Philosophy: Teaching De Libero Arbitrio, Book I.” Religions 6 (2015): 82–91. Reprinted in Teaching Augustine, edited by Scott McGinnis and Christopher Metress (Basel: MDPI, 2015), pp. 77–86.


Other Publications and Reviews

 Review of Das Naturrecht bei Joseph Ratzinger / Papst Benedikt XVI.: Die Bedeutung des Naturrechts in Geschichte und Gegenwart, by Maria Raphaela Hölscher. Mitteilungen: Institut Papst Benedikt XVI. 8 (2015), pp. 124–28. [In German]

 Review of Kantian Courage: Advancing the Enlightenment in Contemporary Political Theory, by Nicholas Tampio. Review of Politics 75, no. 4 (2013), pp. 693–96.

 “St Augustin et les fondements rhétoriques de la démocratie chrétienne.” [Translated into French by Laurence Trudel and Maxime Vachon] Revues Électroniques de l’Université de Nice (2013).

 “Said Qutb on the Arts in America.” Current Trends in Islamist Ideology 9 (2009), pp. 151–57. [Translation from Arabic]


Invited Lectures and Talks

“Benedict XVI’s Regensburg Lecture and the Modern University.” Talk on public roundtable, University of Dallas, 13 Oct. 2016. 

“Why We Still Read Thucydides.” Guest lecture to HUM 6325: Ancient World, University of Dallas, 5 Oct. 2016.

“Pierre Manent on the Future of Europe.” Talk on public roundtable, University of Dallas, 21 Sept. 2016.

“Paternity in the History of Political Thought.” Talk on interdepartmental roundtable, University of Dallas, 13 April 2016. 

“Machiavelli and Augustine in Measure for Measure.” Talk at Drama Department symposium, University of Dallas, 8 April 2016.

“Why Should Christians Care About Civil Marriage?” Talk to Aspiring Theologians’ Society, University of Dallas, 3 Feb. 2016.

“Sinn und Tragweite der Religionsfreiheit im Denken von Benedikt XVI.” Lecture at annual meeting of Neuer Schülerkreis Joseph Ratzinger/Benedikt XVI., Regensburg, 18 April 2015.

 “What the Church Contributes to Secular Politics: Lessons from Benedict XVI.” Public lecture at University of Dallas, Rome campus, 26 March 2015.

“Augustine, Locke, and the American Experiment in Religious Liberty.” Public lecture at Thomas Jefferson Center for Core Texts and Ideas, University of Texas at Austin, 11 Feb. 2015.

“Why Augustine Studied Political Philosophy.” Public lecture at Center for Thomistic Studies, University of St. Thomas, Houston, 16 Jan. 2015.

“Locke and Augustine on Religious Freedom.” Talk on Politics Department roundtable at University of Dallas, 21 Nov. 2013.

 “Do Christians Need Civic Virtue?” Talk on Politics Department roundtable at University of Dallas, 19 April 2013.

“What the Church Contributes to Secular Politics: The Challenge of Pope Benedict XVI.” Public lecture at Williams College, 7 April 2013.

“The Church and Secular Politics in the Thought of Benedict XVI.” Talk at Boston College, 15 March 2013.

“The Catholic Church and the Election.” Talk on Politics Department roundtable at University of Dallas, 8 Nov. 2012.

Selected Conference Presentations 

“How Hobbesian is Locke’s Law of Nature?” at Northeastern Political Science Association Conference, 10–12 Nov. 2016.

"Augustinians and Lockeans on Religion in American Public Life,” at German-American Colloquium The Public Character of Religion in Liberal Democracy, held at Portsmouth Abbey, RI, 25–30 July 2016.

“The Ecumenical Speeches of Benedict XVI’s Journeys to Germany,” workshop at „Ut Unum sint“. Zur Theologie der Einheit bei Joseph Ratzinger/Papst Benedikt XVI., held at International Theological Institute, Trumau, Austria, 22 April 2016.

“An Augustinian Source for More’s Hytholoday,” at UTOPIA and the Roman Republic: Sallust, Augustine, and More in Dialogue, held at University of St. Thomas Law School, Minneapolis, 6–7 Nov. 2015. 

“The Augustinian Understanding of Religious Freedom,” at Christianity, Modernity, Freedom (Ratzinger Symposium), held at University of Maynooth, Ireland, 19–20 June 2015.

“Augustine and the Right to Revolution,” at Midwest Political Science Association Conference, 16–19 April 2015.

 “The Centrality of Politics in Augustine’s Moral Thought,” at Northeastern Political Science Association Conference, 13–15 Nov. 2014.

 “Rousseau’s Response to Plato’s ‘Treatise on Education’,” at What is Liberal Education For?, held at St. John’s College Santa Fe, 16–18 Oct. 2014.

“Augustine’s Introduction to Political Philosophy: De Libero Arbitrio, Book I,” at Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition: Augustine Across the Curriculum, held at Samford University by Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, 2–4 Oct. 2014.

“The Place of the Bible in the Strauss-Kojève Debate,” at American Political Science Association Meeting, 29 Aug. – 1 Sept. 2013.

“Plato’s Aristophanes on Love and Political Ambition,” at Northeastern Political Science Association Conference, 15–17 Nov. 2012.

Awards & Honors

King/Haggar Scholar Grants, University of Dallas. Summers 2017 and 2014.
Haggerty Teaching Excellence Award, University of Dallas. 2016.
Class of 1988 Faculty Development Award, University of Dallas. 2015.
Best graduate student paper award in political theory, NPSA 2011.
Graduate summer stipend, Carl Friedrich von Siemens Institute, Munich, Germany. 2011.
Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award, Boston College. 2011.
Boston College GSAS Dean’s Office travel grant. 2011.
Ernest L. Fortin Memorial summer and travel grants. 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.
Presidential Fellowship, Boston College. 2007–2012.