Curriculum Vitae


Tom Hoffman

Associate Professor and Chair
Spring Hill College
Department of Political Science
4000 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 36608

Tel.: (251) 380-4184 (ofc) Email: thoffman@shc.edu

EDUCATION:

Ph.D., Political Science (2004)
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Dissertation: “Toward a Sentimental Civic Liberalism: David Hume and the Virtues - Rational, Social and Political”

M.A., Political Science (1995)
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

B.A., Political Science (1986)
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION:

Political Theory: History of Western Political Philosophy, Contemporary Political Theory and American Political Thought

American Politics: Public Opinion, Institutions, U.S. Constitutional Law

Minor in Philosophy: Anglo-American Social Philosophy, Ethics

TEACHING EXPERIENCE/ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS:

Director, Masters of Liberal Arts (MLA) program (2014-present)

Department Chair (2014-present)

Associate Professor, Spring Hill College (Fall 2011- present)

Non-Western Thought (LIS 504)
Foundations of Free Markets & Free Societies (POL 389)
American Ideologies and Public Opinion (POL 386)
Introduction to American Politics (POL 112-Online) 

Assistant Professor, Spring Hill College (Fall 2007-2011)

Introduction to American Politics (formerly, American Democracy and Citizenship) (POL 112)
Political Parties and Interest Groups (POL 321)
Congress and the President (POL 322)
Western Political Philosophy I (POL 381/PHL 351)
Western Political Philosophy II (POL 382/PHL 352)
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights (POL 342)
Con Law I (POL 340)
American Political Thought (POL 283)
American Political Thought, Honors (POL 290)
Judicial Process (POL 341)
Marxism and 20th Century Political Thought (POL 385)
Modernity (LIS/POL 503)
Ancient Civilization (LIS/POL 501)

Visiting Assistant/Adjunct Professor, University of Illinois (2004-2007)

Socialist Theory (PS 375)
The U.S. Federal System (PS 308)
Normative Perspectives on American Politics (PS 452)
United States Supreme Court (PS 305)
U.S. Congress (PS 303)
Introduction to U.S. Government and Politics (PS 101)
Pre-Washington Internship Seminar (PS 199)

Lecturer, Colorado State University (2003-2004)
Western Political Theory (PO 420)
American Political Theories (PO 423)
Citizen Politics in the U.S. (PO 501)
(A graduate seminar on American public opinion and democratic theory)
Introduction to American Politics (PO 101)

Lecturer, Indiana University
Introduction to American Politics (Spring 2003)
American Political Controversies (Fall 2001, 1998-1999)
History of Political Thought II (Summer 2001; Summer 2000)
American Political Thought II (Spring 2001; Spring 2000; Summer 1999)
U.S. Congress (Fall 1999)
Political Ideas in the Novel (Fall 1997)

Instructor, Indiana University, Division of Extended Studies, Independent Study Program (Fall 1997 - Fall 2007)
Distance-Learning Courses:
American Constitutional Law I
American Politics through Film and Fiction
Introduction to Political Theory

STUDENT ADVISING/MENTORING:

Pre-Law Advisor, Spring Hill College (Fall 2007-present)

Faculty Advisor, Spring Hill College Political Science and International Studies Club (Spring 2008-present)

Faculty Advisor, Iota Psi (Spring Hill College) Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, The Political Science Honorary (Fall 2007-present)

Supervised Independent Study Projects/Pre-Law Internships (Spring 2009)

Supervised Two Senior Honors Theses and Multiple Independent Study Projects at University of Illinois (Fall 2004-Spring 2007).

HONORS AND AWARDS:

2014 Rev. H. J. Fagot, SJ. Award for service to students (Awarded by Spring Hill College Student Government Association).

Best Dissertation Award, Indiana University Dept. of Political Science
2005 Greenough Award. (Awarded for best dissertation completed the previous year.)

Teaching Excellence Awards:

University of Illinois, Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (Fall 2005, Spring 2007)

Indiana University, School of Continuing Studies (2003)

Indiana University, College of Arts and Sciences (1999-00)

Indiana University, College of Arts and Sciences (1998-99)

Faculty Consultant, College Board’s Advanced Placement Program, American Government and Politics (1998-present).

Fellow, Institute for Humane Studies (1998-1999).

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS:

“RationalChoice and Political Irrationality in the New Millennium” Critical Review, 27:2 (2015).

“Where Art Thou, Adam Smith” Perspectives on Politics, 11:1 (March 2013), pp. 193-203

“The Quiet Desperation of Robert Dahl’s (Quiet) Radicalism” Critical Review, 15:1 (2003).

“Democratic Theory and the Intellectual Division of Labor in Mass Electorates” in Public Opinion and Democracy: Vox Populi-Vox Dei? ed. Slavko Splichal (Hampton Press, 2001), pp. 125-146.

“Humanism and Antihumanism in Lasch and Sandel” Critical Review, 13:1-2 (1999), pp. 97-114.

“Rationality Reconceived: The Mass Electorate and Democratic Theory” Critical Review, 12:4 (Fall 1998), pp. 459-480.

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American Politics Through Film and Fiction: A Learning Guide for Political Science Y373 (Indiana University, School of Continuing Studies: In Press)

“Review of Mass Oratory and Political Power in the Late Roman Republic (2004) by Robert Morstein-Marx” Foundations of Political Theory at http://www.political-theory.org/books/reviews/morstein-marx.html

“Bureau of Indian Affairs” in The Historical Guide To American Government, ed. George Kurian (Oxford University Press; 1998). [Coauthored with Gwen Torges]

CONFERENCE PAPERS PRESENTED:

Author Meets Critics: Hélène Landemon’s Democratic Reason, Invited Roundtable Discussant at the 109th annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago Hilton, Chicago, Ill., August 31, 2013.

“Civic Republicanism and Liberal Learning” presented at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association Conference, San Antonio, TX, April 21-23, 2011.

“Republicanism and Civic Ignorance in Modern Democracy” presented at the 68th annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Hilton Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, Ill., April 22-25, 2010.

Invited Participant: Critical Review Foundation Roundtable on Political Ignorance and Dogmatism, associated event at the 104th annual meeting of the American Political Science Association Conference, Boston Sheraton Hotel, Boston, Mass., August 31, 2008

“Hume, Liberal Personality and Contemporary Democracy” presented at the 64th Annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Hilton Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, Ill., April 20-23, 2006.

“A Double Dialectic: David Hume in Dialogue with the Natural Law and Civic Republican Traditions” presented at the 63rd Annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Hilton Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, Ill., April 7-10, 2005.

“Sentimental Liberalism: The Idea of the Good Citizen in David Hume’s Character Sketches” presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Political Theory, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Oct. 29, 2004.

“Hume’s Sentimental Citizenship” presented at the 31st Annual International Hume Society, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 2-7, 2004.

“Sentimental Civic Liberalism and First-Order Problems: A Comparison of Humean, Kantian, and Republican Models of Citizenship” presented at the 61st annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Hilton Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, Ill., April 4, 2003.

“David Hume’s Sentimental Civic Liberalism,” presented at the 35th annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Providence Biltmore Hotel, Providence, Rhode Island, Nov. 7-9, 2002.

“Hume, Happiness and Citizen Virtue” presented at the 29th annual meeting of the International Hume Society, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, Aug. 6-10, 2002.

“Hume, Reason and Contemporary Democracy” presented at the 59th annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, Ill, April 19-22, 2001.

“Humanism and Antihumanism in Lasch and Sandel” presented at the 1999 annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Atlanta Hilton and Towers, Sept. 2-5, 1999.

RESEARCH/TEACHING SKILLS:

Reading Knowledge of Latin, French and Spanish.

Completed Training Session, “The Fundamentals of Experiential Education” at the 34th Annual Conference of the National Society for Experiential Education, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Oct. 27-30, 2005.

REVIEWER:
American Political Science Review
Journal of Politics
Congress and the President
Perspectives on Politics

REFERENCES:

Professor Aurelian Craiutu, Department of Political Science, 210 Woodburn Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Phone/Email: (812) 855-8635; acraiutu@indiana.edu

Professor Alex Landi, Emeritus Professor and Chair of Political Science, Spring Hill College, 4000 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 36608. Phone/Email:  landi@shc.edu

Professor Russell Hanson, Department of Political Science, 210 Woodburn Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Phone/Email: (812) 855-6001; hansonr@indiana.edu

Professor Jeffrey C. Isaac, Chair, Department of Political Science, 210 Woodburn Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Phone/Email: (812) 855-8605; isaac@indiana.edu

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