Stephen Wirls | Associate Professor
Office: 303 Buckman Hall | | Email: wirls@rhodes.edu

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Stephen H. Wirls joined the faculty of the Political Science department in 1994 and served the past eight years as department chair. He teaches courses on American politics and political thought, including the introductory courses (110: Political Questions and 151: United States Politics) and upper level courses on Congress, American Political Thought, and The Modern Search for Justice. He also happily teaches in the Search Program and the British Studies at Oxford. In 2008 Professor Wirls won the Rhodes Campus Life Award: Outstanding Faculty Member Award, and in 2010 received the Alpha Omicron Pi Professor of the Year. Before coming Rhodes, Professor Wirls taught at Franklin and Marshall, Kenyon, and Cornell University, where he received the Clark Award for Excellence in Teaching.

In addition to teaching at Rhodes, over the past seven years, he has served as a consultant to the Memphis City Council, the Memphis Charter Commission, and the Metro Charter Commission. He loves teaching, but in his free time he plays squash avidly (Is there any other way to do so?) and cannot watch enough baseball.

Professor Wirls has published articles, essays, and book chapters on judicial power, the presidency, and liberalism. He is the author (with Daniel Wirls) of The Invention of the United States Senate and is currently writing on Jefferson′s understanding of civic education and on The Federalist′s account of civic obligation. .

Prof. Wirls′ Vita (PDF)


Education

M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University, Government
B.A., Kenyon College (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)


Courses

HUM 101 - SEARCH: Values in History & Religion
HUM 201 - SEARCH: Values in History & Religion
HUM 202 - SEARCH: Values in History & Religion
POL 151 - United States Politics 
POL 212 - American Political Thought 
POL 260 - Congress & Political Process 
POL 261 - Parties and Partisanship 
POL 310 - TOPIC: Varieties of Liberalism
POL 314 - Modern Political Philosophy 
POL 360 - Congress & Political Process 
POL 460 - Public Affairs Internship 
POL 495 - Honors Tutorial


Selected Publications

The Invention of the United States Senate, with Daniel Wirls, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004

“The Moral Imperative: Old Liberalism’s New Challenge.” VIII Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 1/2 (1996) 31-48.

"Machiavelli and Neustadt on Virtue and the Civil Prince." XXIV Presidential Studies Quarterly 3 (Summer 1994) 461-77.

"Institution and Virtue in the Judiciary." 6 Commonwealth: A Journal of Political Science (1992-1993) 20-47.

“Chief Diplomat.” Guide to the Presidency, ed. M. Nelson (Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly) vol. I (revised and updated for 3rd edition, 2002).

“Commander in Chief.” Guide to the Presidency, ed. M. Nelson (Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly) vol. I (revised and updated for 3rd edition, 2002).

“The ‘Gilded’ Age.” The Presidency, ed. M. Nelson (New York: Smithmark, 1996) pp. 108-121.

“Chief Diplomat” (with Daniel C. Diller). Guide to the Presidency, 2nd, ed. M. Nelson (Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, 1996) vol. I, pp. 589-628. Reprinted in The Powers of the Presidency, 2nd (Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, 1997).

“Commander in Chief” (with Daniel C. Diller). Guide to the Presidency, 2nd, ed. M. Nelson (Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, 1996) vol. I, pp. 629-674. Reprinted in The Powers of the Presidency, 2nd (Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, 1997).

The Machiavellian Cosmos, Anthony J. Parel (Yale University Press). 56 Review of Politics 2 (Spring 1994) pp. 401-403.

Citizen Machiavelli, Mark Hulliung (Princeton University Press). XX International Studies in Philosophy #1, 1988.

The Moral Foundations of the American Republic, Robert Horwitz, ed. (U. of Virginia Press). The Kenyon Alumni Bulletin (Spring 1987).

Sexual Desire: A Moral Philosophy of the Erotic, Roger Scruton (Free Press). The Washington Times "Books," 16 June 1986.

“Constitution Day and the Constitution.” The Sou’wester, Rhodes College, September 2005.

“Filibuster at cross purposes with the Constitution.” The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN, May 2005.

“The President, Foreign Policy, and Constitutional Government.” 11 Magazine of History 4 (Summer 1997) pp. 16-20, 28-29.

“Presidential War Powers: Another View.” The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN, December 1995.

"We Do Not Have Irresponsible Government: A Constitutionalist′s Opposition to Citizen Initiatives." Voter (Pennsylvania League of Women Voters), December 1992.

"Responsible Executives: Making Sense of This [1990] Election." The Zephyr (Lancaster, PA), November 1990.

"The Item Veto: Another Line." ‘The New Federalist Papers’ series of Public Research Syndicated, November 1985.

“Henry Clay.” International Biographical Dictionaries. Volume VI: Industrialization and Imperialism: 1800-1924, J. Bell ed. (2001).

“Stephen Douglas.” International Biographical Dictionaries. Volume VI: Industrialization and Imperialism: 1800-1924, J. Bell ed. (2001).

“Thaddeus Stevens.” International Biographical Dictionaries. Volume VI: Industrialization and Imperialism: 1800-1924, J. Bell ed. (2001).

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