Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Challenge to the Constitution
An America’s Founding and Future Lecture
Jean M. Yarbrough, Gary M. Pendy Professor of Social Sciences, Bowdoin College
Author of Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition (2012)
Jean M. Yarbrough is Gary M. Pendy, Sr. Professor of Social Sciences and Government at Bowdoin College, where she has taught political philosophy and American Political Thought for more than 25 years. She has twice held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and is a past president of the New England Political Science Association. She serves on the editorial boards of The Review of Politics and American Political Thought, and is a member of the Academic Council of the Jack Miller Center for teaching America's founding principles and history. She is the author of American Virtues: Thomas Jefferson on the Character of a Free People, editor of The Essential Jefferson, and most recently Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition, which received the Richard E. Neustadt Award for the best book published on the presidency in 2012. Unlike most studies of Theodore Roosevelt, which focus on his action-filled adventures, Professor Yarbrough looks at Roosevelt's political thought and its place in the American political tradition. She earned her B.A. from Cedar Crest College and her MA and PhD from the New School for Social Research.