J. Donald Moon, Wesleyan University Vice President, 2013 - 2014

J. Donald Moon is the Zilkha Professor in the College of Social Studies and Professor of Government at Wesleyan University. In 2001-02 he was the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching in the Center for Human Values at Princeton University.  His interests include contemporary liberal and democratic theory, civic engagement, the moral basis of the welfare state, and global justice. He has also written on the philosophy of social science and on the relationship of political theory to empirical work in political science; his writings include "The Logic of Political Inquiry" in the Handbook of Political Science and Constructing Community: Moral Pluralism and Tragic Conflict. He has an MA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. He has recently completed a draft book ms, John Rawls: Liberalism and the Challenges of Late Modernity. His service to the profession includes serving as section chairs for all three of the APSA theory sections, a term on the APSA Council, participation on numerous awards committees, chairing the Conference for the Study of Political Thought, two terms as consulting editor for Political Theory, and membership on various editorial boards.

Statement of views: I am naturally honored to have been nominated as Vice President, and if elected I look forward to participating in any way I can be effective in advancing the mission of the APSA. As political scientists working in the United States at a time of serious challenge if not crisis, we are confronted with difficult issues raising deep questions about our responsibilities as professionals and as citizens. As students of politics we have much to offer to public discourses about the direction of public life today, discourses that all too often are impoverished. We can best meet that responsibility by affirming a plurality of methods and approaches to the study of politics, and building connections among them. And we should explore ways to explain our work to the public more effectively, in part to ensure adequate support for research in political science.

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