New Editors of American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture

The American Political Thought Section of the American Political Science Association is pleased to announce that Jeremy D. Bailey and Susan McWilliams will be the next editors of American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture.  The new editors will serve for a four-year term, which will begin this summer. Nick Buccola will be the new book review editor of the journal.

Three editorial teams submitted proposals, and the decision was made by a selection committee comprised of Annette Gordon-Reed, Rogers Smith, Jeff Tulis, and Keith Whittington, as well as Section council members, Daniel Klinghard and George Thomas.


Meet the Editors

Jeremy D. Bailey1  is a Professor in the Political Science Department and the Honors College at the University of Houston. His books include The Idea of Presidential Representation: An Intellectual and Political History (forthcoming from University Press of Kansas, 2019).


Susan McWilliams2 is Chair and Professor of Politics at Pomona College. She is most recently the author of The American Road Trip and American Political Thought (Lexington, 2018).


Nick Buccola (book review editor) is the Elizabeth and Morris Glicksman Chair in Political Science at Linfield College. His next book, The Fire is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America, will be published by Princeton University Press in 2019.


About American Political Thought

American Political Thought is published quarterly by University of Chicago Press. Its current and founding editor is Michael Zuckert. The American Political Thought Section is grateful for Zuckert’s work in founding the journal and for securing its strong position in the field.

This was updated 3/7/19 to include committee member Annette Gordon-Reed. 

1. The Idea of Presidential Representation: An Intellectual and Political History
James Madison and Constitutional Imperfection,  Cambridge University Press, August 2015
The Contested Removal Power, 1789-2010, University Press of Kansas, September 2013
Enlightenment and Secularism: Essays on the Mobilization of Reason, Lexington Books, April 2013
University Press of Kansas , 2019Thomas Jefferson and Executive Power, Cambridge University Press, June 2007

2. The American Road Trip and American Political Thought, Lexington Books, June 2018
A Political Companion to James Baldwin, University Press of Kentucky, 2017
The Best Kind of College: An Insiders’ Guide to America’s Small Liberal Arts Colleges
,State University of New York Press, January 1, 2015
Traveling Back: Toward a Global Political Theory, Oxford University Press, January 1, 2014
A Second Look at First Things: The Hadley Arkes Festschrift, St. Augustine’s Press, January 1, 2013
Redeeming Democracy in America, The University Press of Kansas,January 1, 2011
The Democratic Soul: A Wilson Carey McWilliams Reader, The University Press of Kentucky,January 1, 2011

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