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Gregory Collins, PhD


Political Theory and American Politics

I am a Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Program on Ethics, Politics, and Economics at Yale University. My book on Edmund Burke’s economic thought is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. My scholarly and teaching interests include the history of political thought, the philosophical and ethical implications of political economy, American political development, constitutional theory and practice, and the political theory of abolition and race. I have published articles on Burke’s economic thought in the Review of Politics; Frederick Douglass’ constitutional theory in American Political Thought; Burke’s and Adam Smith’s views on Britain’s East India Company in Journal of the History of Economic Thought; Burke’s plan for the abolition of the slave trade in Slavery & Abolition; and Burke’s intellectual relationship with Leo Strauss and the Straussian political tradition in Perspectives on Political Science. My current book project is a comparative study of the political thought of Scottish Enlightenment thinkers and Burke that addresses questions regarding empire, commerce, morality, and historiography.

I received my M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from The Catholic University of America in 2017. I live with my wife and two daughters in West Hartford, CT. I enjoy rooting for Boston sports teams and playing Scrabble, chess, and basketball in my spare time.

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