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Petrie, Eric

Associate Professor
Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy

Case Hall
842 Chestnut Rd Room S320
East Lansing, MI 48825


Ph.D., Harvard University; Political Science
Associate Professor

Professor Petrie was an instructor and teaching fellow at Harvard University for several years while completing course work for his doctorate. His dissertation was entitled Aristotle's Liberalism: Political Virtue and Its Restraints and won the Toppan prize at Harvard. Professor Petrie has taught courses in the Theory and Practice of American Liberal Democracy and Classical Political Philosophy. He received an 1994 Olin Research Fellowship in Political Theory and an MSU Teacher -Scholar Award in 1997.


Professor Eric Petrie published a chapter entitled "Aristotle and Liberalism" in a book entitled The Arts of Rule: Essays in Honor of Harvey C. Mansfield, by Rowman and Littlefield Press, February 2009.

Constance Hunt and Eric Petrie attended the 2006 APSA Conference in Philadephia. Hunt delivered the paper entitled: "Situating Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter" and Petrie delivered a paper entitled: "Power of Pilgrimage after the Death of God: Melville's Clarel"

Professor Petrie presented a paper, "Killing the Sonds of Brutus in Machiavelli's New Republic" at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association (Chicago, April 2005).