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  • Politics
  • School

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Expertise

  • American political thought
  • History of political theory
  • American foreign policy and exceptionalism
  • Biography

    Justin B. Litke is an assistant professor of politics and a fellow of the Center for the Study of Statesmanship. He has taught at Western Kentucky University, Belmont Abbey College, and George Washington University. In 2018, he returned to teach at Catholic, his undergraduate alma mater. Dr. Litke teaches a variety of courses in American political thought and the history of political theory, focusing in particular on the nature and development of political traditions. In 2013, he published his first book, Twilight of the Republic: Empire and Exceptionalism in the American Political Tradition with the University Press of Kentucky.

    He is also interested in and writing on the implications of the American political tradition for U.S. foreign policy and is currently at work on two book manuscripts. The first concerns the American tradition of republicanism and its intersections with foreign policy. The second centers on American statesman Henry Clay's work in Congress and develops a new reading of Federalist 10 alongside empirical analysis of Congressional voting. Dr. Litke has been nominated for a number of teaching awards and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for political theory with his students. He earned the Ph.D. with Distinction from Georgetown University in 2010.