Edward J. Harpham

University of Texas at Dallas.

Dr. Edward J. Harpham is the Dean of the Honors College, Associate Provost, and Professor of Political Science at The University of Texas at Dallas, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in political theory, American government and Texas politics. Dr. Harpham also offers a recurring honors reading tutorial on medicine, politics, and philosophy for pre-med students. Dr. Harpham received his Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Penn State University, and both his Masters Degree in Government and his Ph.D.(Philosophy) in Government from Cornell University. Dr. Harpham wrote his doctoral thesis on Wealth, Trade and Time: Political Perspectives on English Liberal Political Thought in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. After receiving his Ph.D. Dr. Harpham served as an Assistant Visiting Professor at the University of Houston, and then joined the University of Texas at Dallas as a Professor, where he's worked since 1981. Dr. Harpham was awarded the 1996-97 Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award at UTD, and served as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education from 1998-2009. He is past president of the Southwestern Political Science Association (2001-2002). Dr. Harpham has published over 25 professional articles and has authored or edited ten books, four of which have gone through multiple editions, one has gone through seven editions. Dr. Harpham's research is focused on the intersections between politics and economics, Texan politics and government, and the development and impact of the theories of passions in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries in the work of thinkers such as David Hume and Rene Descartes.