Dr. Wayne GabardiProfessor of Political Philosophy and Theory
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Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, 1986
Born and raised in New Jersey, Wayne Gabardi received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Stockton State College in the 1970s and his master and doctoral degrees in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in the 1980s. He worked with the late political philosopher Raghavan Iyer and his dissertation was on Erich Fromm's humanist synthesis of Marx and Freud as it related to the early work of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory as well as its later influence on American social and political thought.
He arrived at Idaho State University in the early 1990s and is currently a full professor. He was selected as an ISU Master Teacher in 2003 and was Department Chair from 2005 to 2011. His areas of professional expertise and interest include the traditional canon of Western political philosophy, democratic political thought, modern and contemporary social theory, existentialism, postmodernism, evolution theory, and post-humanist ethics.
While at ISU he has taught a wide variety of courses and seminars including Introduction to Political Philosophy, Contemporary Political Theory, Feminist Thought, Classical Political Thought, Politics and Literature, Democratic Thought, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Communist and Post-Communist Political Thought and Politics, Interdisciplinary Topics in the Social Sciences, and Senior Seminar. He is currently in the early stages of a book project on the social contract tradition written from a perspective that brings together a historical critique of Western anthropocentric thought, coevolution theory, and post-humanist ethics.
- Please check out my complete ISU Curriculum Vitae.
- Western Political Philosophy
- History of Western Political Theory: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern
- Modern and Contemporary Social Theory
- Democratic Political Thought
- Existentialist Thought
- Postmodern Thought
- Critical Theory
- Philosophy of Social Science
- Anthropocentric Thought and Post-Humanist Ethics
- Human Evolution
1. Contemporary Models of Democracy (2008), in Mapping the World: Democratic Platforms, edited by Pedro Barateiro and Ricardo Valentim.
2. Review of Patrick J. Deneen, Democratic Faith (Princeton University Press, 2005), in Perspectives on Politics , Vol. 4, No. 2 (June 2006).
3. Review of Clive Barnett, Culture and Democracy: Media, Space, and Representation (University of Alabama Press, 2003), in Perspectives on Politics , Vol. 2, No. 3 (September 2004).
4. Review of Jodi Dean, Publicity's Secret: How Technoculture Capitalizes on Democracy (Cornell University Press, 2002); and Diana Saco, Cybering Democracy: Public Sphere and the Internet (University of Minnesota Press, 2002), in Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 1, No. 3 (September 2003).
5. Contemporary Models of Democracy, in Polity: The Journal of the Northeast Political Science Association, Vol. 33, No. 4 (2001).
6. Negotiating Postmodernism (Minneapolis and London : University of Minnesota Press, 2001); 6 Chapters, Introduction, and Conclusion, (192 pp.)
7. Review of Iain MacKenzie and Shane O'Neill, eds., Reconstituting Social Criticism: Morality in the Age of Scepticism, in the American Political Science Review , Vol 94, No. 2 (June 2000).
8. Review of Shadia Drury, Alexandre Kojeve: The Roots of Postmodern Politics , in The Journal of Politics, Vol. 58, No. 1 (February 1996).
9. The Philosophical Politics of the Modern-Postmodern Debate, in the Political Research Quarterly, Vol. 47, No. 3 (September 1994).
10. Review of Martin J. Matusik, Postnational Identity: Critical Theory and Existential Philosophy in Habermas, Kierkegaard, and Havel, in the Canadian Journal of Political Science (June 1994).
11. Review of John Hoffman, State, Power, and Democracy, in The Journal of Politics, Vol. 51 (November 1989).
12. Erich Fromm and the Frankfurt School: The Weimar Working Class Study, in New German Critique, No. 41 (Spring-Summer 1987).
13. Lenin and the End of Politics, in Theory and Society, Vol. 16, No. 4 (July 1987).
14. Negation and Liberation: The Critical Legacy of Herbert Marcuse, in Qualitative Sociology, Vol. 10, No. 4 (Winter 1987).
15. Review of Michael Carrithers, The Category of the Person, in Political Psychology, Vol. 8, No. 4 (1987).
16. Review of Quentin Skinner, The Return of Grand Theory in the Human Sciences, in The Journal of Politics, Vol. 49 (1987).
17. Review of David Miller, Anarchism, in The American Political Science Review, Vol. 80 (1986).
18. Review of Ekkart Zimmermann, Political Violence, Crises, and Revolutions: Theories and Research , in The American Political Science Review, Vol. 79 (1985).