The Leo Strauss prize is awarded annually for the best dissertation in the field of political philosophy. It carries a prize of $750.
The Fund was developed by former students of Strauss’ who sought to recognize his extraordinary influence on generations of students and his contributions to the field of political philosophy. He was a major figure in the department of political science at the University of Chicago, where he taught from 1949 to 1967.
Kevin Duong is Assistant Professor of Political Theory at Bard College, where he teaches the history of political thought. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University and his M.A. from the University of Chicago. His research focuses on democratic theory and political violence, with an area focus on modern French political thought and intellectual history. He is currently working on a book manuscript that traces how revolutionary violence by “the people” offered a vocabulary of social regeneration during and after the French Revolution. His research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Gustave Gimon Collection at Stanford, among others. At Bard, he teaches classes on the history of political thought, gender and sexuality, and on various topics in modern intellectual history and European political development. He was born and raised in east Tennessee.