LUKE PHILIP PLOTICA

Luke Philip Plotica

Assistant Professor

Office

526 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone

540-231-7614

Email

Department Membership

Political Science

Expertise

  • History of Political Thought
  • American Political Thought
  • Legal Theory
  • Federalism
  • Democratic Theory

Professional Activities

  • University Pre-Law Advisor
  • Philologia Faculty Board Member

Education

  • Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University
  • M.A. George Washington University
  • B.A. James Madison University

Awards and Honors

Allen Grossman Instructorship, Expository Writing Program, Johns Hopkins University, 2009

Joel Stewart Ish Doctoral Fellowship, Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, 2008

Wolfgang and Astrid Kraus Endowment Fellowship, George Washington University, 2003

Selected Publications

Books

Nineteenth-Century Individualism and the Market Economy: Individualist Themes in Emerson, Thoreau & Sumner (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

Michael Oakeshott and the Conversation of Modern Political Thought (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2015)

Articles

“Singing Oneself or Living Deliberately: Whitman and Thoreau on Individuality and Democracy,” Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society (forthcoming)

“Federalism, Devolution, and Liberty,” American Political Thought 6 (1) (Winter

2017): 106-133.

“Rationalism in Law: Constitutional Originalism and the ‘Sovereignty of Technique,’” Collingwood and British Idealism Studies  22 (2) (2016): 319-349.

“Thoreau and the Politics of Ordinary Actions,” Political Theory 44 (4) (August 2016): 470-495.