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John Koritansky, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Professor Koritansky has taught at Hiram College since completing his PhD in 1970. He currently serves as departmental chair. He is widely published in the areas of Constitutional Law, public administration, and political philosophy.
The regular courses Professor Koritansky offers include: American Politics, The American Founding, The Quest For Justice, Modern Political Philosophy, Classical Political Philosophy, Public Policy Making, and The Court And Constitutional Government. Specialized seminars on the works of various authors include: Aristotle, Plato, Rousseau7, Tocqueville, Nietzsche, and Thucydides.


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

Research Interests

Professor Koritansky’s ongoing scholarly in political science focus on American Constitutional Law, public policy, and political philosophy. He approaches the entire study of politics as, fundamentally, a philosophical enterprise—and examination of practical questions regarding the nature, limit, and purpose of political organization. He is currently working on a study of Aristotle’s argument concerning natural justice.

Selected Publications

  • “Strasuss on the Apology and Crito,” in Brill’s Companion To Leo Strauss’ Writings on Classical Political Thought, (Kroninklijke Brill NV, Leiden) 2015.
  • “Thomas Hobbes On Punishment,” in Conflicting Doctrines Of Criminal Punishment, (University of Missouri Press) 2012.
  • Alexis de Tocqueville And The New Science Of Politics, second edition, (Durham, Carolina Academic Press) 2009.
  • “Thomas Paine,” in History Of American Political Thought, (Lanham, MD. Lexington Press) 2002.
  • Public Administration In The United States, (a book of readings) Boston, Focus Press) 1999.

Fun Facts

  • Professor Koritansky lives quietly at home in rural Geauga County with his cat, Roi.