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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, titled Commerce and Manners in Edmund Burke’s Political Economy, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. My scholarly and teaching interests include the history of political thought, the philosophical and ethical implications of political economy, business ethics, American constitutional theory and practice, African-American political and social thought, and the political theory of abolition and race. I have published, or have forthcoming, articles on Burke’s economic thought in the Review of Politics; Adam Smith's views on the Navigation Acts and Anglo-American imperial relations in History of Political Thought; Frederick Douglass’ constitutional theory in American Political Thought; Burke’s and 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 am the 2020 recipient of the Novak Award, awarded by the Acton Institute to one young scholar each year conducting research on the connection between freedom and virtue.

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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