Kevin J. Burns, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science and Economics

Contact Information

Dr. Kevin J. Burns
134 Christendom Dr.
Front Royal, VA 22630
Office: Madonna 5
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After earning his Ph.D. from Baylor University, Burns joined Christendom’s department of Political Science and Economics in 2017. His teaching and research interests include American political thought, constitutionalism and separation of powers theory, the presidency, Congress, and ancient and early modern political theory. He directs the Tocqueville Forum on Liberal Democracy


Ph.D., Baylor University, Political Science (2017)
M.A., Baylor University, Political Science (2014)
B.A., University of Dallas, Politics (2012)

Elective Courses Taught

PSAE 495 Statesmanship and the Civil War
PSAE 494 The American Presidency
PSAE 321 American Political Thought
PSAE 311 American Government (American Founding)

Core Courses Taught

PSAE 202 Catholic Social Doctrine
PSAE 201 Introduction to Political Theory

Selected Scholarship

William Howard Taft’s Constitutional Progressivism. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2021. 
Readings in American Government, 10th edition, co-edited with Mary P. Nichols and David K. Nichols. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Co., 2020.
“Testing Holmes: Judicial Tests and Legal Pragmatism in Holmes’ Free Speech Opinions.” Constitutional Studies 5 (2019): 81-106. 
“Chief Justice as Chief Executive: Taft’s Judicial Statesmanship.” Journal of Supreme Court History 43, no. 1 (March 2018): 47-68. 
The Law: A Constitutionalist’s Defense of Prerogative: Taft’s Our Chief Magistrate and His Powers.” Presidential Studies Quarterly 47, no. 2 (June 2017): 336-353.