Office Hours

  • Mon: 10:00 - 11:30 & 1:30 - 2:30
  • Tues/Thurs: 11:30 - 12:00
  • appointments through secretary


  • twentieth century political philosophy

  • constitutionalism

  • civil liberties


Kenneth Deutsch

Professor of

Political Science & International Relations

Welles 3C
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Kenneth Deutsch has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1973. Professor Deutsch is also the coordinator of the Religious Studies and Legal Studies programs at Geneseo.

Faculty Information


  • M.A. & Ph.D., Political Science; University of Massachusetts-Amherst,
  • B.A., Political Science; St. John's University

Publications and Professional Activities

  • 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
Spring 2015 Classes

PLSC 202:
M/World Religions &Contemp Iss

    The insights and teachings of major living religions will be analyzed by a study of their basic texts and teachers: Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Compari
    son of how their teachings apply to such contemporary issues as war and peace, the environment, gender, race, sexual orientation, and economic justice. (Cross listed with PHIL 202.) Offered once a year
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PLSC 230:
Political Theory

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    An examination of the methodological and normative assumptions of the major competing schools of political theory. Particular stress is placed on the modes of analysis employed by these schools concer
    ning such issues as the relation between freedom and equality, the problem of history, the status of politics as a science, the distinction between philosophy and ideology, the relation between theory and practice, the question of value-free political analysis, and the problems concerning revolution and political change. Prerequisites: One 100-level course in political science. Offered three semesters out of four
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PLSC 319:
Constitutnal Rights &Liberties

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    A study of the nature and scope of American constitutional rights and liberties, their development, their limits, and the issues and problems surrounding their application. Particular attention is giv
    en to due process of law, equal protection of the laws, rights of the accused, and the First Amendment freedoms. Prerequisites: PLSC 110 or permission of the instructor. Offered once yearly
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