Faculty Profile

Richard Ruderman

Title
Associate Professor
Department
Political Science
College
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

    

Education

MA, University of Chicago, 1990.
Major: Committee on Social Thought
PhD, University of Chicago, 1990.
Major: Committee on Social Thought
Degree Specialization: Political philosophy
Dissertation Title: Xenophon's Anabasis and the Classical View of Ruling.
BA, University of Toronto, 1980.
Major: Political Science

Current Scheduled Teaching*

PSCI 2316.002, Honors US and Texas Constitutions and Institutions, Spring 2023
PSCI 3310.001, Political Theory: Quest for Justice, Spring 2023
PSCI 4333.001, Politics and Socratic Self Knowledge, Spring 2023
PSCI 6310.002, Topics in Political Theory, Spring 2023
PSCI 3320.001, Political Theory: The State and its Critics, Fall 2022 Syllabus
PSCI 6900.004, Special Problems, Fall 2022
PSCI 2305.002, US Political Behavior and Policy, Fall 2022 Syllabus

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Previous Scheduled Teaching*

PSCI 6900.701, Special Problems, Spring 2022
PSCI 4330.004, Topics in Political Theory, Spring 2022 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 3310.002, Political Theory: Quest for Justice, Fall 2021 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 4900.727, Special Problems, Fall 2021 SPOT
PSCI 6310.001, Topics in Political Theory, Fall 2021 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 2305.001, US Political Behavior and Policy, Summer 5W2 2021 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 2305.801, US Political Behavior and Policy, Summer 5W2 2021 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 3320.002, Political Theory: Eighteenth Century to the Present, Spring 2021 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 5310.001, Proseminar in Political Theory, Spring 2021 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 5310.600, Proseminar in Political Theory, Spring 2021 SPOT
PSCI 3310.002, Political Theory: Socrates to the Eighteenth Century, Fall 2020 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 5900.701, Special Problems, Fall 2020 SPOT
PSCI 4330.001, Topics in Political Theory, Fall 2020 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 2305.001, US Political Behavior and Policy, Summer 5W2 2020 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 2305.801, US Political Behavior and Policy, Summer 5W2 2020 SPOT
PSCI 4952.001, Political Science Capstone Seminar, Spring 2020 Syllabus
PSCI 6900.700, Special Problems, Spring 2020
PSCI 6900.701, Special Problems, Spring 2020
PSCI 4330.002, Topics in Political Theory, Spring 2020 Syllabus
PSCI 3310.001, Political Theory: Socrates to the Eighteenth Century, Fall 2019 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 2305.007, US Political Behavior and Policy, Fall 2019 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 2305.001, US Political Behavior and Policy, Summer 5W2 2019 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 2305.801, US Political Behavior and Policy, Summer 5W2 2019 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 3320.001, Political Theory: Eighteenth Century to the Present, Spring 2019 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 1010.001, Politics and Pop Culture, Spring 2019 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 3310.001, Political Theory: Socrates to the Eighteenth Century, Fall 2018 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 6900.725, Special Problems, Fall 2018
PSCI 4330.001, Topics in Political Theory, Fall 2018 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 5350.001, Topics in Political Theory, Fall 2018 SPOT
PSCI 2305.001, US Political Behavior and Policy, Summer 3W1 2018 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 4952.001, Political Science Capstone Seminar, Spring 2018 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 3320.001, Political Theory: Eighteenth Century to the Present, Spring 2018 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 3310.001, Political Theory: Socrates to the Eighteenth Century, Fall 2017 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 4330.001, Topics in Political Theory, Fall 2017 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 5350.002, Topics in Political Theory, Fall 2017 SPOT
PSCI 1050.001, American Government: Process and Policies, Summer 5W2 2017 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 3320.002, Political Theory: Eighteenth Century to the Present, Spring 2017 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 5310.001, Proseminar in Political Theory, Spring 2017 SPOT
PSCI 6900.701, Special Problems, Spring 2017
PSCI 4330.001, Topics in Political Theory, Spring 2017 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 3310.001, Political Theory: Socrates to the Eighteenth Century, Fall 2016 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 6900.701, Special Problems, Fall 2016
PSCI 4330.001, Topics in Political Theory, Fall 2016 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 1050.001, American Government: Process and Policies, Summer 3W1 2016 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 3320.001, Political Theory: Eighteenth Century to the Present, Spring 2016 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 4330.002, Topics in Political Theory, Spring 2016 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 1050.001, American Government: Process and Policies, Summer 5W1 2015 Syllabus SPOT
PSCI 5950.080, Master's Thesis, Summer 5W1 2015
PSCI 6930.701, Individual Research, Spring 2015
PSCI 1010.001, Politics and Pop Culture, Spring 2015 Syllabus
PSCI 5310.001, Proseminar in Political Theory, Spring 2015
PSCI 5310.600, Proseminar in Political Theory, Spring 2015
PSCI 4330.002, Topics in Political Theory, Spring 2015 Syllabus
PSCI 1051.001, Honors American Government, Fall 2014 Syllabus
PSCI 4330.001, Topics in Political Theory, Fall 2014 Syllabus
PSCI 6950.080, Doctoral Dissertation, Summer 5W1 2014
PSCI 6950.080, Doctoral Dissertation, Summer 10W 2014
PSCI 5950.080, Master's Thesis, Summer 5W1 2014
PSCI 5950.080, Master's Thesis, Summer 10W 2014
PSCI 5950.080, Master's Thesis, Summer 5W2 2014
PSCI 6950.751, Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2014
PSCI 6930.701, Individual Research, Spring 2014
PSCI 5950.751, Master's Thesis, Spring 2014
PSCI 6900.701, Special Problems, Spring 2014
PSCI 4330.001, Topics in Political Theory, Spring 2014 Syllabus
PSCI 5350.001, Topics in Political Theory, Spring 2014
PSCI 6950.080, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2013
PSCI 6950.751, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2013
PSCI 6930.701, Individual Research, Fall 2013
PSCI 5950.080, Master's Thesis, Fall 2013
PSCI 6900.701, Special Problems, Fall 2013
PSCI 5350.001, Topics in Political Theory, Fall 2013
PSCI 6950.080, Doctoral Dissertation, Summer 10W 2013
PSCI 6950.080, Doctoral Dissertation, Summer 5W1 2013
PSCI 6950.080, Doctoral Dissertation, Summer 2013
PSCI 5950.080, Master's Thesis, Summer 5W1 2013
PSCI 5950.080, Master's Thesis, Summer 10W 2013
PSCI 5950.080, Master's Thesis, Summer 5W2 2013
PSCI 6950.751, Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2013
PSCI 5950.751, Master's Thesis, Spring 2013
PSCI 6940.701, Practicum, Spring 2013
PSCI 5310.001, Proseminar in Political Theory, Spring 2013
PSCI 6950.080, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2012
PSCI 6950.751, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2012
PSCI 6930.701, Individual Research, Fall 2012
PSCI 5950.080, Master's Thesis, Fall 2012
PSCI 4330.001, Topics in Political Theory, Fall 2012 Syllabus
PSCI 5350.002, Topics in Political Theory, Fall 2012
PSCI 6950.080, Doctoral Dissertation, Summer 5W1 2012
PSCI 6950.080, Doctoral Dissertation, Summer 5W2 2012
PSCI 5950.080, Master's Thesis, Summer 5W1 2012
PSCI 6950.751, Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2012
PSCI 6950.753, Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2012
PSCI 5950.751, Master's Thesis, Spring 2012
PSCI 3320.002, Political Theory: Eighteenth Century to the Present, Spring 2012
PSCI 6940.701, Practicum, Spring 2012
PSCI 6950.080, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2011
PSCI 6950.751, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2011
PSCI 5950.080, Master's Thesis, Fall 2011
PSCI 5350.001, Topics in Political Theory, Fall 2011
PSCI 6950.080, Doctoral Dissertation, Summer 10W 2011
PSCI 6950.080, Doctoral Dissertation, Summer 5W1 2011
PSCI 5950.080, Master's Thesis, Summer 10W 2011
PSCI 5950.080, Master's Thesis, Summer 2011
PSCI 6950.751, Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2011
PSCI 5950.751, Master's Thesis, Spring 2011
PSCI 6900.701, Special Problems, Spring 2011
PSCI 4330.001, Topics in Political Theory, Spring 2011
PSCI 6950.080, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2010
PSCI 6950.751, Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2010
PSCI 6930.723, Individual Research, Fall 2010
PSCI 5950.080, Master's Thesis, Fall 2010
PSCI 4330.001, Topics in Political Theory, Fall 2010
PSCI 5350.002, Topics in Political Theory, Fall 2010
PSCI 6950.080, Doctoral Dissertation, Summer 10W 2010
PSCI 5950.080, Master's Thesis, Summer 10W 2010
PSCI 1060.001, American Government: Topics, Spring 2010
PSCI 3320.001, Political Theory: Eighteenth Century to the Present, Spring 2010
PSCI 5900.719, Special Problems, Spring 2010
PSCI 6900.719, Special Problems, Spring 2010
PSCI 1040.006, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Fall 2009
PSCI 6930.725, Individual Research, Fall 2009
PSCI 3310.002, Political Theory: Socrates to the Eighteenth Century, Fall 2009
PSCI 6940.725, Practicum, Fall 2009
PSCI 4900.727, Special Problems, Fall 2009
PSCI 5350.002, Topics in Political Theory, Fall 2009
PSCI 1040.001, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Summer 5W2 2009
PSCI 5900.718, Special Problems, Summer 10W 2009
PSCI 6930.717, Individual Research, Spring 2009
PSCI 3320.002, Political Theory: Eighteenth Century to the Present, Spring 2009
PSCI 5310.001, Proseminar in Political Theory, Spring 2009
PSCI 5900.719, Special Problems, Spring 2009
PSCI 1085.001, The American Political and Economic Experience, Spring 2009
PSCI 1040.010, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Fall 2008
PSCI 3310.001, Political Theory: Socrates to the Eighteenth Century, Fall 2008
PSCI 5900.719, Special Problems, Fall 2008
PSCI 6900.719, Special Problems, Fall 2008
PSCI 4330.001, Topics in Political Theory, Fall 2008
PSCI 1040.001, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Summer 5W2 2008
PSCI 3320.002, Political Theory: Eighteenth Century to the Present, Spring 2008
PSCI 3310.001, Political Theory: Socrates to the Eighteenth Century, Spring 2008
PSCI 6940.717, Practicum, Spring 2008
PSCI 6900.719, Special Problems, Spring 2008
PSCI 4330.001, Topics in Political Theory, Spring 2008
PSCI 3310.001, Political Theory: Socrates to the Eighteenth Century, Fall 2007
PSCI 4900.719, Special Problems, Fall 2007
PSCI 5350.001, Topics in Political Theory, Fall 2007
PSCI 1040.002, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Summer 5W1 2007
PSCI 1040.006, American Government: Laws and Institutions, Spring 2007
PSCI 5310.001, Proseminar in Political Theory, Spring 2007
PSCI 5900.719, Special Problems, Spring 2007
PSCI 6900.719, Special Problems, Spring 2007
PSCI 4330.001, Topics in Political Theory, Spring 2007
PSCI 5900.719, Special Problems, Fall 2006
PSCI 6900.719, Special Problems, Fall 2006
PSCI 1085.001, The American Political and Economic Experience, Fall 2006
PSCI 4330.001, Topics in Political Theory, Fall 2006
PSCI 4320.001, American Political Theory, Summer 3W1 2006
PSCI 1051.001, Honors American Government, Spring 2006
PSCI 3320.001, Political Theory: Eighteenth Century to the Present, Spring 2006
PSCI 5900.719, Special Problems, Spring 2006
PSCI 6900.719, Special Problems, Spring 2006
PSCI 4330.001, Topics in Political Theory, Spring 2006
PSCI 3310.002, Political Theory: Socrates to the Eighteenth Century, Fall 2005
PSCI 4900.715, Special Problems, Fall 2005
PSCI 6900.715, Special Problems, Fall 2005
PSCI 5350.001, Topics in Political Theory, Fall 2005
PSCI 3320.001, Political Theory: Eighteenth Century to the Present, Spring 2005
PSCI 5310.001, Proseminar in Political Theory, Spring 2005
PSCI 4900.713, Special Problems, Spring 2005
PSCI 6900.715, Special Problems, Fall 2004
PSCI 4330.001, Topics in Political Theory, Fall 2004

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Published Publications

Published Intellectual Contributions

Book
Ruderman, R. S., Yaffe, M. D. (2014). Reorientation: Leo Strauss in the 1930's. http://www.amazon.com/Reorientation-Strauss-Recovering-Political-Philosophy/dp/1137374233/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409073127&sr=8-1&keywords=reorientation+leo+strauss
Book Chapter
Ruderman, R. S. (2021). Plato on the Tyrannical Temptation. Liberty, Democracy, and the Temptations to Tyranny in the Dialogues of Plato, ed. Charlotte C.S. Thomas, Mercer University Press, 2021. 20. Mercer University Press.
Ruderman, R. S. (2018). "'Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land': William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and the Abolition of Slavery.". History of American Political Thought. 2nd edition. Edited by Bryan-Paul Frost and Jeffrey Sikkenga. (2nd edition), . Lexington Books.
Marks, J. (2016). Practice and Principle in Ancient Statesmanship. Prudence and Principle: Essays in Honor of Nathan Tarcov. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.
Burns, T. W., (2015). "'Through the Keyhole': Leo Strauss's Rediscovery of Classical Political Philosophy in Xenophon's Constitution of the Lacedaemonians". Brill's Companion to Leo Strauss's Writings on Classical Political Thought. Leiden: Brill Publishers. http://www.brill.com/products/reference-work/brills-companion-leo-strauss-writings-classical-political-thought
Ruderman, R. S. (2015). "On Leo Strauss's Presentation of Xenophon's Political Philosophy in "The Problem of Socrates". Brill's Companion to Leo Strauss's Writings on Classical Political Thought. Leiden: Brill Publishers. http://www.brill.com/products/reference-work/brills-companion-leo-strauss-writings-classical-political-thought
Ruderman, R. S. (2012). "A Slingshot Recoils: The Critique of Philosophy in Halevi's Kuzari ." In The Recovery of Political Rationalism: Essays in Honor of Thomas L. Pangle , ed. Timothy Burns (Lexington Press, 2011). . The Recovery of Classical PoliticalRationalism: Essays in Honor of Thomas L. Pangle. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.
Ruderman, R. S. (2003). "'Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land': William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and the Abolition of Slavery." In History of American Political Thought. Edited by Bryan-Paul Frost and Jeffrey Sikkenga.
Ruderman, R. S. (2002). "Political Judgment in Dark Times: Frederick Douglass and Slavery." In 'Phronesis': Studies in the Nature and Scope of Prudential Leadership." Edited by Ethan Fishman.
Ruderman, R. S. (1995). "Leadership." In The Encyclopedia of Democracy. Edited by Seymour Martin Lipset.
Ruderman, R. S. (1995). "Love and Friendship in Homer's Odyssey." In Political Philosophy and the Human Soul: Essays in Honor of Allan Bloom. Edited by Michael Palmer and Thomas L. Pangle.
Ruderman, R. S. (1992). "The Rule of a Philosopher-King: Xenophon's Anabasis." In Politikos II: Educating the Ambitious. Edited by Leslie G. Rubin.
Book Review
Ruderman, R. S. (2017). The Longing that Dares Not Speak Its Name. Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy. 43(3), 513-519. http://www.interpretationjournal.com/backissues/Vol_43_3.pdf
Ruderman, R. S. (1997). Review of Peter J. Ahrensdorf's The Death of Socrates and the Life of Philosophy..
Ruderman, R. S. (1992). Review of Zdravko Planinc's Platonic Political Philosophy..
Journal Article
Ruderman, R. S. (2022). "'A Sacred Effort': Lincoln's Second Inaugural and the Problem of Justice". American Journal of Political Science.
Ruderman, R. S. (2012). "Statesmanship Reconsidered". Perspectives on Political Science. 41(2), .
Ruderman, R. S. (2000). "Liberalism and Parental Control of Education".
Ruderman, R. S. (1999). "Odysseus and the Possibility of Enlightenment.". American Journal of Political Science.
Ruderman, R. S. (1998). "Liberal Equity in Education: A Comparison of Choice Options," along with a response to critics: "Equity, Diversity, and Tolerance in Education.".
Ruderman, R. S. (1997). "Democracy and the Problem of Statesmanship.".
Ruderman, R. S. (1997). "Aristotle and the Recovery of Political Judgment.". American Political Science Review.

Awarded Grants

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Grant - Research
Ruderman, R. S. (Principal), "Support for hosting Lone Star Theory Group meeting (March 2019)," Sponsored by Office of Research and Innovation, University of North Texas, $720.00 Funded. (November 28, 2018March 2, 2019).
Ruderman, R. S. (Principal), "Research and Creativity Award," Sponsored by University of North Texas, University of North Texas, $3500 Funded. (20092010).
Grant - Service
Borck, C. A. (Co-Principal), Duff, A. S. (Co-Principal), Ruderman, R. (Co-Principal), Major, R. (Co-Principal), "Constitutionalism and Democracy Forum," Sponsored by Jack Miller Foundation, National, $10000 Funded. (August 2021May 2022).
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    This rating represents the combined responses of students to the four global summative items and is presented to provide an overall index of the class’s quality. Overall summative statements include the following (response options include a Likert scale ranging from 5 = Excellent, 3 = Good, and 1= Very poor):
    • The course as a whole was
    • The course content was
    • The instructor’s contribution to the course was
    • The instructor’s effectiveness in teaching the subject matter was
  • Challenge and Engagement Index:
    This rating combines student responses to several SPOT items relating to how academically challenging students found the course to be and how engaged they were. Challenge and Engagement Index items include the following (response options include a Likert scale ranging from 7 = Much higher, 4 = Average, and 1 = Much lower):
    • Do you expect your grade in this course to be
    • The intellectual challenge presented was
    • The amount of effort you put into this course was
    • The amount of effort to succeed in this course was
    • Your involvement in course (doing assignments, attending classes, etc.) was
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