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Brian A Bearry
Clinical Associate Professor-Economic, Political & Policy Sciences
Office MailstopGR 3.810, Room No.: GR 3.810 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-4966    URL Bearry Brian's Webpage    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
 Ph.D.Political ScienceUniversity of North Texas2006
 M.A.Political ScienceSouthwest Texas State University1997
 B.A.Political ScienceSouthwest Texas State University1992
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Research Interests

My dissertation explores Alexis de Tocqueville's concern regarding the democratic leveling effect on creative intellectual activity in modern liberal democracies, a problem fostered by a potential republican pathology termed democratic pantheism. I am particularly attracted to classical and early modern political theory (Plato, Aristotle, Thucydides and Machiavelli,) as well as liberal and American founding thought (Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, The Federalist Papers, etc.) My research is directed toward gaining a deep understanding of democratic theory and liberalism with a view to their influence on American politics, institutions and constitutional principles.

In addition, two colleagues and I completed 101 interviews of congressional members and their staffs in Washington D.C. regarding the interaction between interest groups and legislative activity.

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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2002-presentSenior Lecturer II  University of Texas at Dallas
2001-2002Adjunct Professor  Southern Methodist University
1998-2002Teaching  University of North Texas
1996-1998Instructor  Collin County Community College
1993-1995Teaching Assistant  Southwest Texas State University
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Courses Taught
  • Introduction to American Government and Politics
  • Political Theory from Ancient to 1700
  • Political Theory From 1700
  • Theories of Justice
  • Introduction to Public Policy Analysis
  • Politics and Values in Business and Technology
  • Political Theory Survey
  • American Federalism
  • Contemporary Political Theory

Teaching Experience
  • 2002–present Senior Lecturer University of Texas at Dallas (Govt 2301 Govt. 2302 CIS 3301; ISSS 3360) Govt 3301, Govt 3323, Govt, 4354)
  • 2001 to 2002 Adjunct Professor Southern Methodist University (PLS 1320; PLS 2320)
  • 1998 to 2002 Teaching Fellow University of North Texas (PSCI 1040; PSCI 1050; PSCI 3310; 3320)
  • 1996 to 1998 Instructor Collin County Community College (GOVT 2301; GOVT; 2302)
  • 1993 to 1995 Teaching Assistant Southwest Texas State University (PSCI 2301; PSCI 2310)

Honors and Awards
  • 2008 President's Teaching Excellence Award runner-up
  • 2006 Faculty Spotlight, Fall Semester
  • 2001 University of North Texas Outstanding Teaching Fellow ($500.00 award.)
  • 2001 Pi Sigma Alpha Teaching Fellow Award
  • 2001 Chosen by Department Executive Committee to be Student Representative on the Department Chair Search Committee
  • 2000 $2600 Department of Political Science University o f North Texas Research Grant
  • 1994 Member Alpha Chi Scholastic Honor Society (Iota Chapter)
  • 1992 Southwest Texas State University School of Liberal Arts Outstanding Scholar Award
  • 1990-1992 Deans List every semester enrolled during this period.

Courses Taught

I am involved in theoretical studies conceming the relationship between democracies, egalitarian morality and social thought in the writings of Alexis de Tocqueville. A paper on this study was delivered in a panel discussion at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference in Chicago in April, 2001. This study is part of my dissertation and broader research agenda.
Two co–researchers and I interviewed 101 Members of the House of Representatives, Senators and their staffs, regarding views from legislators themselves on the perceived influence of interest–group activities. Empirical analysis indicates that legislators do alter their behavior based on the perceived activities of various interests active in legislative lobbying. The results of these fmdings were delivered in panel discussion at the Western Political Science Association Conference in Las Vegas in April, 2001 and at the American Political Science Association Annual Conference in August of 2001.

I currently write textbook features for Longman/Pearson Publishing's American Government.–Continuity and  Change, American Government: Policy and Politics and Texas Government: Politics and Policy. I am also in the process of developing my dissertation's core argument for journal submission.

Membership in Professional Organizations
  • American Political Science Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association
  • Southern Political Science Association
  • Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society

Conference Papers
  • Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 2001, "Thoughtless Democracy."
  • Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 2001, "Interviewing Members of Congress: What Works!"
  • American Political Science Association, San Francisco, Sept, 2001, "Punishment: Legislator's Perceptions of Interest Group Strategies."

Personal Statement

Dr. Brian Bearry is a faculty member in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (previously, Social Sciences) at UT-Dallas He teaches courses on American government and politics, classical and Enlightenment political theory and American Founding thought for the School's Political Science Program. His primary areas of research interest are statesmanship and the intersection of republicanism, liberalism and liberty in contemporary political thought and practice. He taught at the University of North Texas and Southern Methodist Univeristy prior to his appointment at UTD. In addition to teaching, he writes extensively for Pearson Longman Publishing and he is currently in discussion to produce an American Government textbook for McGraw-Hill.

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