Michael Mosher - Faculty & Adjuncts

Michael Mosher, PhD

Michael Mosher, PhD
Professor of Political Science
College of Arts & Sciences
Political Science
918-631-2349 Chapman Hall Room 212

Education

PhD – Harvard University MA – Harvard University AB – University of California-Berkeley

Bio

Currently Professor of Political Science at the University of Tulsa (private, small, Carnegie R2), I was Chair of Political Science from 2001 to 2016 and Assistant to the President for International Programs from 1991 to 1995 when I organized five international conferences on the TU campus. The main focus of my teaching and research is political theory/ political philosophy and the history of political thought. I also teach or have taught the history and philosophy of science, the Tulsa Race Massacre 1921, the culture and politics of Japan, European history and politics, and the U.S. Presidency. I have taken Study Abroad students to the University of Lyon and to Avignon, France.
I have held teaching posts at Yale University, University of California Berkeley, University of Washington, University of Colorado Boulder, and Providence College; and in Japan at Tohoku University, Sendai (first Fulbright), Tokyo University and Tsuda Women’s University (second Fulbright), Ferris University, Yokohama, and Keio University, Tokyo.
As a researcher I was a Member of the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton and have been scholar in residence at UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, the Clark Memorial Library at UCLA, the University of Manchester, UK and the Centre d’Études et de Recherches Internationales (CERI) at Sciences Po, Paris. With David Carrithers and Paul Rahe, I published Montesquieu’s Science of Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001) and with Anna Plassart, The Culture of Democracy in the Age of Enlightenment (London: Bloomsbury, 2021). Leaving aside book chapters and encyclopedia contributions, my articles and reviews have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Political Theory, Review of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, PS, Political Studies (UK), Biblioteca della Liberta (Italy) Revue Montesquieu (France) and Chuo Koron (Japan). I edited the International (CSPT) Conference for the Study of Political Thought Newsletter, served on the CSPT board and the CSPT Spitz Book Prize Committee.
Born in Fargo, North Dakota and a first generation college student, I was an undergraduate at the University of California Berkeley. While there I worked as a UCB documents librarian, surgical orderly/janitor at Alta Bates Hospital, and a quality control foreman at Delmonte Plant #35 in Emeryville—now the site of Pixar Animation Studios. I would be happy to compare notes/ talk about experiences with other first generation students currently on the TU campus.
I was also a participant in the Berkeley Free Speech Movement. Later a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and a Harvard University Ford Foundation Fellowship were the material supports behind earning an MA and PhD at Harvard University where I was Teaching Fellow in Social Studies and Government, Resident Tutor at Elliot House, and Harvard Travelling Fellow at the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.
Distractions—travel; one-time film reviewer Seattle Sun; one-time runner, twelve marathons. I am a Board member of the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations and with Habitat for Humanity once helped to build a house in North Tulsa.

Research Interests

The main focus of my teaching and research is political theory/ political philosophy and the history of political thought. I also teach or have taught the history and philosophy of science, the Tulsa Race Massacre 1921, the culture and politics of Japan, European history and politics, and the U.S. Presidency.

Teaching Interests

Courses Taught

  • Contemporary and Emerging Issues
  • Modern Political Thought
  • Seminar in the History of Political Thought
  • Senior Project
  • Special Topics
  • Ancient Political Thought
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Independent Study
  • American Political Thought
  • Politics and Culture of Japan
  • Enlightenment and Its Critics

Professional Affiliations

  • Japan-U.S. Security Treaty Study Group
  • American Studies Subcommittee, U.S. Japan Conference on Educational and Cultural Interchange

Awards & Honors

  • Fulbright Award
  • Husserl Abend Lecturer
  • Fellowship Award
  • 1999 Women’s Studies Summer Fellowship