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
My 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. Comparison 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

Plsc 218:
Politics of Judicial Process

    An analysis and evaluation of the administration of justice as an integral part of the American political process. The legal system, adjudicatory processes, the roles and behavior of the participants involved in litigation, the influence of judicial decision-making, and the impact of judicial decisions are studied. Offered once yearly

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 concerning 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

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 given 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

Plsc 337:
Major Political Philosophers

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    This course focuses on a single political philosopher or pair of philosophers (e.g. Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Rousseau, Marx, Strauss, Arendt, Voegelin, Bay). Political philosophers to be studied will vary from term to term. Student presentations of commentaries on the texts comprise a significant part of the course. Offered once every four semesters

Plsc 313:
Political Leadership

    A study of different varieties and approaches to political leadership in governmental systems, with special consideration given to the structures, origins, and accomplishments of specific political leaders serving under different social conditions. Case studies of selected political leaders will be included, drawing upon a variety of biographical and interdisciplinary sources. Prerequisites: PLSC 110 or permission of the instructor. Offered when demand is sufficient