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Richard Dougherty, Ph.D.


Ph. D. in Political Philosophy, University of Dallas, 1993
M.A. in Political Philosophy and Literature, University of Dallas, 1989
B.A. in Political Science, Belmont Abbey College, 1981
Paralegal Assistant Certification, Bentley College, 1982

Academic Appointments

  • Chairman, Department of Politics, University of Dallas, 2011-2019
  • Associate Professor of Politics, University of Dallas, 2000-present
  • Visiting Professor of Political Science, Department of Comparative Political Science, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Inglostadt, Eichstätt, Germany, 2016
  • Director, Center for Christianity and the Common Good, University of Dallas, 1993-present
  • Faculty Representative, Lilly Foundation's Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, 1997-present
  • Director, International Studies Concentration, 1994-2011

Recent Courses

  • POL 3368/5307 Catholic Political Thought
  • POL 3326/5302 The Presidency
  • POL 3332/5305 Aristotle's Politics
  • POL 4353 The Federalist/Anti-Federalist
  • POL 5357 Tocqueville
  • POL 7380 Medieval Political Philosophy
  • POL 6377 Cicero
  • POL 6377 Politics and the Bible
  • POL 4353 Catholic Political Thought
  • POL 3312/5301 Political Regimes: Plutarch, Augustine, Machiavelli
  • POL 1311 Principles of American Politics
  • POL 4351 Senior Seminar

Research Interests

Medieval political philosophy, Constitutionalism and American politics, Presidency, American Founding

Selected Publications

  • Editor and Contributor, with an Introduction, Augustine’s Political Thought. Rochester, New York: University of Rochester Press. 2019. Available here.
  • “Natural Law in Augustine,” in Research Handbook on Natural Law Theory, eds. Jonathan Crowe and Constance Youngwon Lee, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019: pp. 57-75. Available here.
  • “St. Augustine and the Problem of Political Ethics,” in Augustine’s Political Thought, ed. Richard J. Dougherty. Rochester, New York: University of Rochester Press, 2019: 13-35.
  • “Solidarity and the American Political Order: Migration and America.” Essay in Migration und Solidarität. ed. Stefan Mückl. Berlin, Germany: Duncker & Humblot (forthcoming in 2020): pp. 161-173.
  • Author, Full entry on St. Augustine’s City of GodOxford Bibliographies. Forthcoming, 2019; available online at
  • “St. Thomas Aquinas on the Nature of Man in the ‘Treatise on Law’,” Divus Thomas 121 (Fall, 2018): 167-177.
  • “The Role of Religion in the American Political Experience,” Essay in Der öffentliche Charakter der Religion in der liberalen Demokratie (The Public Character of Religion in Liberal Democracy), ed. Klaus Stuwe. Berlin, Germany: Duncker & Humblot (2018): pp. 1-14. Available here.
  • “St. Thomas on the Acquisition of Virtue and the Natural Law,” in The Virtuous Life: Thomas Aquinas on the Theological Nature of Moral Virtues, ed. Henk J. M. Schoot and H. Goris (Leuven, Belgium: Peeters Publishing, 2017). Available here.
  • Co-Editor, and Co-Author of Introduction, with Thomas Neumayr, Reprint of Charles N. R. McCoy’s The Structure of Political Thought. Piscataway, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers (2016). Available here.
  • “Justice, Charity, and the Political Order: Assessing the Encyclical Tradition,” article in Free Markets with Solidarity and Sustainability: Facing the Challenge, eds. Martin Schlag and Juan Andres Mercado, Catholic University of America Press (2016): 135-154. 
  • “Federalism and American Politics: The Founders and the Modern State.” Essay in Besinnung auf das Subsidiaritatsprinzip, ed. Anton Rauscher, Berlin, Germany: Duncker & Humblot (2015): 51-63. Available here.
  • “St. Thomas Aquinas on the Acquisition of Knowledge,” in Thomas Aquinas: Teacher of Humanity, ed. John P. Hittinger and Daniel C. Wagner. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015: 228-242. Available here.
  • “The Old World Meets the New: The ‘Doctrine of Discovery’ and the Origins of Property Ownership in America.” Article in Das Eigneum al seine Bedingung der Freheit: Property as a Condition of Liberty, ed. Anton Rauscher. Berlin, Germany: Duncker & Humblot (2013): 199-217. Available hereA version of this essay was awarded the 2013 McWilliams Prize, for the Best Faculty Paper in Political Theory, Northeast Political Science Association Conference, Boston, MA.
  •  “‘The Pursuit of Wisdom, of Truth, and of Virtue’: The Core and the Catholic University.” Essay in Ramify: Braniff Graduate Student Journal (Fall, 2013): Vol. 4: 100-120. Available here.
  • Essay on “Law,” The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine, eds. Karla Pollmann and Willemien Ottten, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013, 3 Volumes. Available here.


  • “St. Augustine’s Roman Heroes: A Reconsideration of Roman Virtue.” Paper presented at XVIII International Conference on Patristic Studies at Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom, August 19-24, 2019.
  • Keynote Lecturer, week-long program, “Presidents and the Constitution: Historic Turning Points,” Summer Institute for Teachers, Bill of Rights Institute (Alexandria, VA), Washington, D.C., July 22-26, 2019.
  • “Avoiding ‘The Absurdity of Wicked Meanings’: St. Augustine, Scripture, and the Liberal Arts,” Plenary Lecture for Conference on “Scripture and the Disciplines,” Braniff Graduate Student Association Fifth Annual Conference on the Liberal Arts, University of Dallas, February 15-16, 2019.
  • “Challenges to Executive Discretion: The War Powers Resolution and the Courts,” Paper presented at a panel on “The Presidency, the Courts, and Separation of Power Politics,” Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston, MA, August 30-September 2, 2018.
  • “Solidarity and the American Political Order: Migration and America,” Paper delivered at the German-American Colloquium on “Migration and Solidarity,” Hosted by the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Kloster Banz, Bad Staffelstein, Bavaria, Germany, July 23-28, 2018.
  • “Cicero’s de re Publica on Statesmanship and Political Philosophy,” Paper presented at a panel on “de Tocqueville: Old World, New World,” Twenty-Fourth Annual Conference, Association for Core Texts and Courses, Framingham, MA, April 19-22, 2018.
  • Participant, Rumsfeld Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program, “American Leadership: Advancing the Interests of the American People at Home and Abroad,” Rumsfeld Foundation, Washington, D.C., September 14-15, 2017. 
  • “St. Thomas Aquinas on the Nature of Man in the Treatise on Law.” Paper presented at the Sixth Thomas Aquinas International Society Conference (Società Internazionale Tommaso d’Aquino, SITA), “The Human Person: La persona umana: Id quod est perfectissimum in tota natura.” Bologna, Italy, April 20-22, 2017.
  • Colloquium Participant, “Liberty of Conscience and the Law,” Sponsored by Liberty Fund and The Federalist Society, Dallas, TX, January 20-21, 2017.
  • Discussant, Panel on “Judicial Power, Rights, Race,” Northeastern Political Science Association Conference, Boston, MA, November, 2016.
  • Discussant, Panel on “The Imperial Presidency Revisited,” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, September, 2016.
  • “The Role of Religion in the American Political Experiment,” Paper delivered at the German-American Colloquium on “Religious Liberty and Modern Liberal Democracy,” Portsmouth Institute of Faith and Culture, Portsmouth Abbey, July 25-30, 2016.

Awards & Honors

  • 2016 Award, State of Bavaria, Germany, funding position for teaching and research, Visiting Professor of Political Science, Department of Comparative Political Science, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Inglostadt, Eichstätt, Germany.
  • University of Dallas, King/Haggar Faculty Summer Research Grant, 2013, for work on manuscript, “A Reader’s Guide to St. Thomas Aquinas’ ‘Treatise on Law’.”
  • 2013 Award, McWilliams Prize, Best Faculty Paper in Political Theory, Northeast Political Science Association Conference, Boston, MA (awarded at 2013 Conference).