Melvin Rogers

Melvin Rogers

Visiting Professor
Office: Trotter
Phone: 610.328.7819
Email: mrogers4

A native of New York, Melvin L. Rogers received his B.A. from Amherst College, his M.Phil. from Cambridge in Political Thought and Intellectual History, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University in Political Science. He is an Assistant Professor of Political Theory in the Politics Department at the University of Virginia and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor while at Swarthmore. His research and teaching interests include history of political thought, classical and contemporary pragmatism, American and African American political thought, and democratic and republican theory. He has held a pre-doctoral fellowship from the Ford Foundation, was an Exchange Scholar in the department of Religion at Princeton, and a Scholar-In-Residence in the department of Political Science at Carleton College. He is scheduled to teach two courses in the Spring, American Political Thought and Exercises in Moral and Political Philosophy.

He is the author of The Undiscovered Dewey: Religion, Morality, and the Ethos of Democracy (Columbia UP, 2008) and has written articles on a variety of topics. 


"Democracy, Piety, and Faith: A Reading of Dewey's Religious Outlook"
Secular Faith , eds. Vincent Lloyd and Elliot Ratzman (Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, Wipf and Stock Publishers, Forthcoming)

"Introduction: Revisiting The Public and Its Problems"
"John Dewey and His Vision of Democracy"
Guest Editor:  Contemporary Pragmatism, "John Dewey and The Public and Its Problems," 7.1 (2010): 1-7; 69-91

"Re-reading Honneth: Exodus Politics and the Paradox of Recognition"
European Journal of Political Theory 8.2 (April, 2009): 183-206

"Democracy, Elites, and Power:  John Dewey Reconsidered"
Contemporary Political Theory, 8.1 (February, 2009): 68-89

"Republican Confusion and Liberal Clarification"
Philosophy and Social Criticism , 34.7 (September, 2008): 799-824

"Action and Inquiry in Dewey's Philosophy"
Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society: Quarterly Journal in American Philosophy, 43.1 (2007): 90-115

"Rorty's Straussianism; Or, Irony Against Democracy"
Contemporary Pragmatism, 1.2 (December, 2004): 95-121