Kenneth L. Deutsch

    Professor. Dr. Deutsch is a specialist in twentieth century political philosophy, constitutionalism, and civil liberties. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in 1970 and has been teaching at Geneseo since 1973. He has published seven books, including Political Obligation and Civil Disobedience (1973), Constitutional Rights and Student Life (1973), Political Thought in Modern India (1986), The Crisis of Liberal Democracy: A Straussian Perspective (1987), Leo Strauss: Political Philosopher and Jewish Thinker (1994); Strauss, The Straussians, and the Study of the American Regime (1999); and Lincoln's American Dream (2005) with Joseph Fornieri. He has been the recipient of five NEH Summer Research grants in political philosophy and Western constitutional theory. He is coordinator of the Religious Studies and Legal Studies programs at Geneseo. Presently he is engaged in another book project with Joseph Fornieri, (SUNY Geneseo Class of 1987) - "An Invitation to Political Thought," to be published by Thompson. Professor Deutsch is also editor of two book series - 20th Century Political Thinking (Rowman & Littlefield), and "Provocations," a new series for political philosophy and contemporary issues for University Press of kentucky.


 PLSC 202 World Religions
 PLSC 218 Politics of Judicial Process
 PLSC 230 Political Theory (course syllabus)
 PLSC 313 Political Leadership
 PLSC 315 Legislative Politics
 PLSC 318 Constitutional Law
 PLSC 319 Constitutional Rights and Liberties
(course syllabus)
 PLSC 336 The American Founders
 PLSC 337 Major Political Philosophers
(course syllabus)
 HUMN 221 Western Humanities II

  • Lincoln’s American Dream, Potomac Books
  • Leo Strauss, The Straussians, and the Study of the American Regime, Rowman and Littlefield 
  • The Crisis of Liberal Democracy: A Straussian Perspective, SUNY Press 
  • Political Thought in Modern India, Sage Publications 
 Professional Awards and Achievements   
  • 5 NEH Summer Awards
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholastics and Research (2004)
  • New York Council on Human Bicentennial Leadership (1976)
  • Fulbright Senior Professorship, India (traveling, 1979)
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Political Science
M.A.  University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Political Science
B.A. St. John's University, Political Science
 Favorite Non-Research Link 
Metropolitan Opera House