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GREG WEINER, PhD


Political Scientist

Assumption College
500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
703-798-0268
gs.weiner@assumption.edu

Greg Weiner's research and teaching converge at the intersection of political theory and the Constitution. An assistant professor of political science at Assumption College, he is the author of Madison's Metronome: The Constitution, Majority Rule and the Tempo of American Politics, published by the prestigious American Political Thought series of the University Press of Kansas, which will publish his next book, American Burke: The Uncommon Liberalism of Daniel Patrick Moynihan in February 2015.

Weiner's research and teaching interests include the political theory of the Constitution, the political thought of James Madison, civil liberties and the role of the Supreme Court.

Winner of the nationally awarded Jack Miller Center's Chairman's Prize for the best dissertation in American Political Thought, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Political Theory Project at Brown University and has taught at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities.

Weiner's research and teaching are informed by the several years he spent as a high-level aide and consultant in national politics, including serving as Communications and Policy Director to U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey, D-Nebraska, and as founder of the Washington, D.C.-based speechwriting firm Content Communications, LLC.

George F. Will's October 1 column quotes Greg Weiner's 2014 Constitution Day lecture at Boise State University.
"Madison’s political thought has been studied by so many scholars from so many angles that it might seem impossible to say something fresh and exciting. But Greg Weiner has done just that. By focusing on Madison’s understanding of the relationship among time, reason, and the passions, Weiner convincingly demonstrates an underlying consistency in Madison’s republicanism that both complements and challenges familiar interpretations. Madison’s Metronome offers a model of sound, engaged scholarship that enriches our perspective on both Madison’s time and our own." Drew McCoy, author of The Last of the Fathers: James Madison and the Republican Legacy

"Greg Weiner’s meticulous and felicitously written scholarship illuminates a great constant in Madison’s long career—an interest in institutional architecture to increase the likelihood that majority rule, which is inevitable, will be reasonable." George F. Will