Michael A. Mosher

Michael Mosher

Professor of Political ScienceDepartment ChairChapman Hall 212

My interests focus upon the history of political philosophy with an emphasis upon the enlightenment philosophe and founding father of the social sciences, Baron Charles-Louis de Montesquieu and his many disciples and critics, including Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Edmund Burke, James Madison, G. W. F. Hegel, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Emile Durkheim. I have also published studies regarding contemporary concerns with civil society, rights and justice. Currently I am working with others on a book (at Cambridge University Press, Sankar Muthu ed.) that looks at the issues of empire in the context of the history of modern Western political thought.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • B.A. with great honor, Political Science, University of California at Berkeley,1966
  • M.A., Political Science, Harvard University, 1970
  • P.D., Political Science, Harvard University, 1976

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Harvard University
  • Keio University (Tokyo)
  • Providence College
  • Tohoku University
  • Tokyo University
  • Tsuda University
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Washington
  • Yale University

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Member, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
  • Fulbright Scholar: Tokyo University, Tsuda Womens’ University, Tohoku University
  • Resident Research Fellow (one semester each): Centre d’Études et de Recherches Internationales (CERI), Sciences Po, Paris, France;
  • University of California (San Diego) ;
  • iversity of Manchester (England) ;
  • Wesleyan University,
  • Assistant to the President for International Programs, TU;
  • organizer, TU Global Perspectives conferences (5)
  • Course Director; Northwest Inter-institutional Collegiate Study Abroad Program, Avignon, France
  • Editor, Conference for the Study of Political Thought (CSPT) Newsletter
  • CSPT East European Project, Tirana, Albania
  • Journalism: Japan Times, Seattle Sun (film critic), Tulsa Tribune, Tulsa World
  • Museum Exhibit: “Montesquieu: the Man, the Mind, and the Spirit.” , Gunston Hall, Virginia
    Community Involvement,
  • Habitat for Humanity volunteer, Tulsa, OK

Professional Affiliations

  • American Political Science Association
  • International Conference for the Study of Political Thought
  • Foundations of Political Thought

Courses Taught at TU

  • American Political Thought (POL 3043)
  • European Politics (POL 2023)
  • History and Philosophy of Science (HON 2013)
  • Issues in European Political Development (POL 3183)
  • Liberalism and Democracy (POL 3143)
  • Politics and Culture of Japan (POL 3353)
  • Enlightenment and Its Critics (HON 2003)
  • Western Political Thought I: From the Greek Polis to the Modern State (PHIL 2083)
  • Western Political Thought II From the English Revolution to the Russian Revolution (PHIL 2093)
  • Women and Democracy on Film (POL 2153)

Awards & Recognition

  • Colloquium keynote address, Department of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, Romania
  • Member with Fellowship Award, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
  • 2 Fulbright Awards
  • Harvard Graduate Prize Traveling Fellow, Paris
  • Harvard University Invited speaker: Seminar in the History of Political Ideas, King’s College, Cambridge University
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Grants (5)
  • Political Theory Colloquium, University of California, Berkeley
  • Post-Doctoral Clark Fellow, Clark Memorial Library, UCLA
  • Harvard Graduate Prize Fellow
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellow


  • “Are Civil Societies the Transmission Belts of Ethical Tradition?” Concluding chapter of Alternative Conceptions of Civil Society, Simone Chambers and Will Kymlicka eds. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001)

  • “Boundary Revisions: the Deconstruction of Moral Personality in Rawls, Nozick, Sandel, and Parfit,” Political Studies, Vol. 39 No. 2, June 1991

  • “Free Trade, Free Speech, and Free Love: Montesquieu and The Reform of the Monarchy in France, 1748-1771 in Monarchisms in the Age of Enlightenment: Liberty, Patriotism, and the Common Good,” eds. Hans Blom, John Christian Laursen, and Luisa Simonutti, (University of Toronto Press in association with the University of California Press, 2007)

  • “Montesquieu on Conquest: Three Cartesian Heroes and Five Good Enough Empires,” Revue Montesquieu, No° 8, 2006

  • Montesquieu’s Science of Politics: Essays on the Spirit of Laws, with David Carrithers and Paul Rahe eds. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001)

  • “Nihonteki Riso to Hegeru Seijiron” [Japanese Ideals and Hegel’s Political Argument] in Gendai Nihon no Paburiku Firosofi [Public Philosophy in Modern Japan], Naoshi Yamawaki ed., (Tokyo: Shinseisha, 1998), pp. 80-99

  • “On the Originality of Francois Ferret: A Commemorative Note,” Political Theory, Vol. 26 No. 3, June 1998

  • “The Judgmental Gaze of European Women: Gender, Sexuality, and the Critique of Republican Rule,” Political Theory, Vol. 22 No. 1, February 1994

  • “The Skeptic’s Burke: Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1790-1990,” Political Theory, Vol. 9 No. 3, August 1991

  • “What Montesquieu Taught—‘Perfection does not Concern Men or Things Universally,’” Chapter 1, Modernity in Question: Montesquieu and His Legacy, ed. Rebecca Kingston, SUNY Press, 2008