Associate Professor of Political Science
B.A., University of London
M.A., London School of Economics
Ph.D., University of Delaware
Postgraduate Certificate in Laws, University of London
Postgraduate Diploma in Laws, University of London
Dr. Benesch teaches courses in American government, political philosophy and public law. He has a particular interest in the intersection of law and normative philosophy. His research has examined aspects both of Socratic and of modern democratic theory. He has written on the epistemology and political thought of the Austrian thinker, Karl Popper. Dr. Benesch serves as the pre-law adviser for the College.
Benesch, P. (April 2013). Is history out of date? political science and political philosophy after Popper. Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois.
Benesch, P. (August 2013). Three types of courage. Vital Speeches of the Day, 79(8), 254-256.
Benesch, P. (June 2013). Prelaw advising in academic departments (roundtable), panelist. Northeast Association of Prelaw Advisors, Philadelphia, PA.
Benesch, P. (March 2013). The religious neutrality principle in the governance of an open society. Political Studies Association, Cardiff, UK.
Benesch, P. (November 2012). A society of friends amidst a community of strangers, panel on interpreting Plato's Republic. Northeast Political Science Association, Boston, Massachusetts.
Benesch, P. (2012). The Viennese Socrates: Karl Popper and the reconstruction of progressive politics. New York: Peter Lang.