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Gordon P. Henderson PhD


  • PhD Political Science 1983

    Purdue University--West Lafayette (IN)

  • POLS 218 Law and Society

  • POLS 320 Constitutional Rights and Liberties

  • POLS 306 Modern Political Theory

The focus of my research and writing in political science has been on the development of a model of good citizenship in constitutional democracies such as the United States. Along the way to developing this model, participatory autonomy, I have critically examined major contemporary theorists, undertaken an examination of the assumptions about citizenship by James Madison, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson, and have explored the requisites of citizenship embedded in the idea of the democratic peace championed by Immanuel Kant.

Selected Awards

  • Widener University, Sabbatical, 2012, 2005, 1993

  • NEH Summer Visiting Fellow, Princeton University, 1996

  • NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers: The Nature and Value of Autonomy, Chicago, 1990

Selected Publications

  • Henderson, G. (2011). Lincoln and the idea of the democratic peace. In R.P. Watson, W.D. Pederson & F.J. Williams (Eds.), Lincoln's enduring legacy: Perspectives from great thinkers, great leaders, and the American experiment. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

  • Henderson, G. (2006). The public and peace: Consequences for citizenship of the Democratic peace literature. International Studies Review, 8(2), 199–224.

  • Henderson, G. (2004). Public, private, and responsibility in conceptions of liberal citizenship. National Social Science Review.

American Political Science Association (APSA)