Hiram College
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John Koritansky, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science, Chair

A.B., Cornell University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago


Academic Interest:

political philosophy, American constitutional law, American politics, public administration


Professor Koritansky has taught at Hiram College since completing his PhD in political science in 1970 from the University of Chicago, and currently serves as department chair. He is widely published in the areas of constitutional law, public administration, and political philosophy. Professor Koritansky is the author of Alexis de Tocqueville and the New Science of Politics: An Interpretation of American Democracy (Carolina Academic Press, 2010 second edition). He has also edited and contributed to a book of readings on the history and changing philosophy of the American civil service titled Public Administration in The United States (Focus Press, 1999).

The regular courses Professor Koritansky offers include: Introduction to American Politics, The American Founding, The Quest for Justice, Modern Political Philosophy, Classical Political Philosophy, Public Administration, The Courts and Constitutional Government, and Selected Topics in Political Philosophy (e.g., specialized courses on Aristotle, Plato, Rousseau, de Tocqueville, Nietzsche, and Machiavelli). He has also previously taught interdisciplinary courses in American public policy with the late Craig Moser, and on Shakespeare with Ellen Summers.

Professor Koritansky’s ongoing scholarly interests in political science focus on American public law, public policy, and political philosophy. He approaches political science and the study of politics as fundamentally a philosophical enterprise—an examination of the level of practice of questions regarding the nature, limit, and purpose of political organization. Professor Koritansky is currently working on an interpretation of Aristotle’s argument regarding the changeability of natural justice.