University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Political Science


Faculty - Patrick Neal

Patrick Neal

Patrick Neal, Professor (1988)

  • B.A., West Virginia University
  • M.A., University of Toronto
  • Ph.D., University of Toronoto
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Area of expertise

Modern Political Thought; Liberalism and its Critics; Theories of Justice

Contact Information
Office: Old Mill Room 502
Phone: 802.656.4316

Office Hours: Wednesday - 2:00-4:00; Thursday - 1:00-2:00 or by appointment.

Professor Neal teaches courses in political theory. He is especially interested in modern political thought and the tradition of liberal-democratic political theory (and its critics).  His recent research has focused upon the relationship between religion and liberal-democracy. He is the author ofLiberalism and its Discontents(NYU Press,), and numerous articles. Recent publications include, “Habermas, Religion and Citizenship,” (Politics and Religion, vol. 7, no. 2 (June, 2014) 318-338 and “Rawls, Abortion and Public Reason,” (Journal of Church and State, vol. 56, no. 2 (Spring, 2014) 323-346.