Timothy W. Burns

2022-23 John and Daria Barry Visiting Fellow; Professor of Political Science at Baylor University

Timothy W. Burns is a professor of political science and graduate program director at Baylor University. His research interests include the history of political thought from Homer to Strauss, politics and literature, and liberal education. His most recent book is Leo Strauss on Democracy, Technology, and Liberal Education. He is also the author of Shakespeare’s Political Wisdom, co-author (with Thomas L. Pangle) of Introduction to Political Philosophy, editor of Brill’s Companion to Leo Strauss’ Writings on Classical Political Thought, co-editor (with Peter Lawler) of The Future of Liberal Education, co-editor (with Bryan-Paul Frost) of Philosophy, History, and Tyranny: Re-examining the Debate Between Leo Strauss and Alexandre Kojève, editor of Recovering Reason: Essays in Honor of Thomas L. Pangle, and editor of After History? Francis Fukuyama and his Critics.  He has published in The American Political Science Review, The Journal of Politics, Interpretation, The Review of Politics, The Review of Metaphysics, Perspectives on Political Science, Polis, Logos, The Political Science Reviewer, Shakespeare Jahrbuch, and First Things. He co-edits (with Thomas L. Pangle) Palgrave MacMillan’s “Recovering Political Philosophy” series, and he is Editor-in-Chief of Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy. He has taught at Hiram College, Texas State, Boston College, and Skidmore College. During his fellowship with the James Madison Program, he will be completing a book on Xenophon’s Cyropaedia.  

Timothy received an MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a BA in Political Science from Boston College.