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Eric Petrie

Eric  Petrie
  • Associate Professor
  • Faculty
  • Case Hall Room S320
  • 842 Chestnut Rd
  • East Lansing, MI 48825
  • 517-353-6668


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

Professor Petrie’s dissertation, Aristotle's Liberalism: Political Virtue and Its Restraints, won the Toppan prize at Harvard. He has taught courses in the Theory and Practice of American Liberal Democracy, Classical Political Philosophy and the first-year writing program. He received a 1994 Olin Research Fellowship in Political Theory and an MSU Teacher -Scholar Award in 1997. He has published on Aristotle, constitutional democracy, and Vladimir Nabokov. 


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 Philadelphia. 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 Sons of Brutus in Machiavelli's New Republic" at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association (Chicago, April 2005).