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Dr. Edward J Harpham
Dean-Honors College, Associate Provost; Professor of Political Science
Contact Address   Honors College GC10 University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas 75080 3021     Office MailstopMail Box: GC10, GC 2.204, Room No.: GC2202 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-6729    URL Harpham Edward's Webpage    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
 Ph.D.GovernmentCornell University1980
 M.S.GovernmentCornell University1976
 B.A.Political SciencePennsylvania State University1973
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Edward J. Harpham Biography

Edward J. Harpham graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi with a degree in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University. He was awarded an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University. Dr. Harpham currently is the Dean of the Honors College, Associate Provost, and Professor of Political Science at The University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Harpham teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in political theory, American government and Texas politics. He also offers a recurring honors reading tutorial on medicine, politics, and philosophy for pre-med students. He was awarded the 1996-97 Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award at UTD. Dr. Harpham served as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education from 1998-2009. He is past president of the Southwestern Political Science Association (2001-02). Dr. Harpham sits on the Board of Directors for The Bill Archer Center and is the Treasurer of the UTD Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

Dr. Harpham has been selected numerous times to appear in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, Marquis Who's Who in American Education, and Marquis Who's Who in America. In 1994, he was honored by the University of Texas at Dallas to be an Andrew R. Cecil Lecturer and the Polycarp Kusch Lecturer in 2006. In 2009, he delivered the Will Man Richardson Lectures in Economic and Political Science at Austin College.

Dr. Harpham is the author or editor of 10 books, one which has gone through 7 editions and three books which have gone through 2 editions. He also has published over 25 professional articles or chapters in books. The unifying theme to Dr. Harpham's work has been the exploration of the relationship between economics and politics. Much of Dr. Harpham's earlier work investigated the roles that modern economic ideas have played in shaping our understanding of politics and public policy in the west. Another area of interest has been the relationship between technological transformations and political change in American political history. More recently, he has been investigating the theories of the passions found in modern liberal thought. He is particularly interested in understanding how the theories of the passions developed in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries influenced modern notions of the individual, sociability, and individual decision-making in the work of such individuals as Rene Descartes, John Locke, David Hume, Francis Hutcheson, and Adam Smith. Dr. Harpham has a special interest in Texas politics and government and is the author of three leading texts in the field with W.W. Norton Publishers.

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Author. Governing Texas.  3rd edition. New York: W.W. Norton, 2017 forthcoming. With Anthony Champagne and Jason Casellas.


Author. "Ambition, Happiness, and Adam Smith's The Theory of Moral Sentiments."  Memory, Invention and Delivery. Edited by Richard Daggar and Christopher Metress. University Press of America, 2016.

Book chapters

Raymond Seidelman with the Assistance of Edward J. Harpham. Disenchanted Realists. 2nd Edition. Albany: SUNY Press, 2016.


Author. Governing Texas 2nd Edition. New York: W.W. Norton: 2015. With Anthony Champagne.


Author. Adam Smith's Lost World of Gratitude. In Benjamin Ginsberg and Wendy Mink (eds.) Political Science as Public Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Theodore J. Lowi.  Self-published.

Category: Essays in Honor of Theodore J. Lowi
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2014-presentDean Honors CollegeThe University of Texas at Dallas
2008-PresentAssociate Provost Provost OfficeThe University of Texas at Dallas
2001-PresentProfessor of Political SciencePolitical ScienceEconomic, Political and Policy SciencesThe University of Texas at Dallas
1998-PresentDirector of Collegium VUniversity Honors ProgramHonors CollegeThe University of Texas at Dallas
1998-2008Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies Undergraduate EducationThe University of Texas at Dallas
1986-2001Associate Professor of Government and Political EconomyGovernment/Political ScienceEconomic, Political, and Policy Sciences/ Social SciencesThe University of Texas at Dallas
1986-1989College Master of The School of Social Sciences (Director of Undergraduate Studies) Social SciencesThe University of Texas at Dallas
1981-1986Assistant Professor of Government and Political EconomyGovernmentSocial SciencesThe University of Texas at Dallas
1978-1981Visiting Assistant Professor of Political SciencePolitical ScienceSocial SciencesUniversity of Houston
1974-1976Teaching Assistant  Cornell University
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 Additional Information
  • Bill Archer Center Board of Directors, Washington D.C., 2012
  • Will Mann Richardson Lecturer. Austin College, 2009
  • Polycarp Kusch Lecturer, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2006
  • President, Southwestern Political Science Association, 2001-02
  • President-Elect, Southwestern Political Science Association, 2000-01
  • Honorary Member, Golden Key Honor Society, The University of Texas at Dallas, Spring 2000
  • Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award, The University of Texas at Dallas, 1996-97
  • Andrew R. Cecil Lecturer, The University of Texas at Dallas, 1994
  • Vice-President, Southwestern Political Science Association, 1993-94
  • Mortar Board "Top Profs" Designation, University of Houston, 1981
  • Clark Teaching Award-Honorable Mention, Cornell University, 1975-76
  • B.A. With Highest Distinction, Pennsylvania State University, 1973
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Pennsylvania State University, 1973
  • Phi Kappa Phi, Pennsylvania State University, 1972
  • Phi Eta Sigma, Pennsylvania State University, 1970

  • Special Faculty Development Assignment, 1997-98.
  • The Political Economy of Public Policy (1982) was recognized by the Policy Studies Organization for appearing in it policy study series which was awarded the Aaron Wildavsky Book Award for 1997 by the American Political Science Association.

    Grant from the Liberty Fund to organize a conference entitled "Liberty and Social Contract in the Natural Law Tradition: From Pufendorf to Hume." Weston Hotel.
    The Galleria. Dallas, Texas. May 20-3, 1993.

  • Grant from the Liberty Fund to organize a conference entitled "The Impact on Liberty of Locke's Two Treatises." Doubletree   Hotel, Dallas, Texas. October 27-30, 1988.

    F. Leroy Hill Faculty Fellowship, Institute for Humane Studies, Summer, 1985

    Organized Research Grant, The University of Texas at Dallas, Summer 1983

    Organized Research Grant, The University of Texas at Dallas, 1981-1982

    Limited Grant in Aid, University of Houston, 1980-1981

    Resident Fellow, Institute for Humane Studies, 1977-1978

    Summer Research Grant, Cornell University, 1977

    Center for the Study of American Political Economy Fellowship, Cornell University, 1976-1978

    Cornell University Summer Fellowship, 1976

    Teaching Assistant, Cornell University, 1974-76

    John L. Senior Fellow, Cornell University, 1973-76

Book Reviews
  • Choice Book Review: Ryan Patrick Henley's Adam Smith and the Character of Virtue. (Forthcoming 2009).
  • Choice Book Review: Laurie M. Johnson Bagby's Thomas Hobbes: Turning Point for Honor. (November 2009).
  • Choice Book Review: Paul A. Rahe's Soft Despotism, Democracy's Drift: Montesquieu, Rousseau,, Tocqueville, and the Modern Prospect. (September: 2009).
  • Choice Book Review: Rebecca E. Kingston's Montesquieu and His Legacy. (July: 2009).
  • Choice  Book Review: Stephen M. Feldman's Free Expression and Democracy in America. A History.  (June: 2009).
  • Choice Book Review:  Rachel Turner's Neo-Liberal Ideology: History, Concepts and Policies. (February: 2009).
  • Choice Book Review: Stephen Elstub's Towards a Deliberative and Associational Democracy. (December 2008).
  • Choice Book Review: John M. Parrish: Paradoxes of Political Ethics: From Dirty Hands to the Invisible Hand. (Forthcoming: 2008).
  • Choice Book Review: Michael Bacon: Richard Rorty: Pragmatism and Political Liberalism. (Forthcoming: 2008).
  • Choice Book Review: Russell Hardin's David Hume: Moral and Political Theorist. (April 2008).
  • Choice Book Review: Neil McArthur's David Hume's Political Theory: Law, Commerce, and  the Constitution of Government. (March 2008)
  • Choice Book Review: Thomas Pogge's John Rawls: His Life and Theory of Justice. (October 2007).
  • European Legacy Book Review: Stefan Wolff's Ethnic Conflicts: A Global Perspective. Forthcoming. 12:3 (May 2007).
  • Perspectives on Politics Book Review: Ido Oren's Our Enemies & US: America's Rivalries and the Making of Political Science.  September 2004).
  • Urban Studies Book Review:  Royce Hanson's Civic Culture and Urban Change: Governing Dallas.  (October 2004) Vol.41:11.
  • EH.Net Book Review: Andrea Finkelstein's Harmony and Balance: An Intellectual History of Seventeenth Century English Economic Thought.  (June 7, 2002).
  • American Political Science Review Book Review: Ellen Meiksins and Neil Wood's A Trumpet of Sedition: Political Theory and the Rise of Capitalism.  92, 2 (June 1998).
  • H-Teachpol Book Review: Jeffrey E. Garten's The Big Ten: The Big Emerging Markets and How They Will Change Our Lives. (April 1998).
  • American Review of Politics Book Review: Ted V. McAllister's Revolt Against Modernity: Leo Strauss, Eric Voegelin, and the Search for a Postliberal Order. (Winter 1997).
  • American Political Science Review Book Review: David Steigerwald's Wilsonian Idealism in America. (December 1995).
  • Policy Currents Book Review: John P. Frendreis and Raymond Tatalovich's The Modern Presidency and Economic Policy. (Summer 1994).
  • Midsouth Journal of Political Science Book Review: Richard E. Flathman's  Willful Liberalism: Voluntarism and Individuality in Political Theory and Practice. (Winter 1993).
  • Review of Politics Book Review: "The Humean and Kantian Hayek: Chandran Kukathas's Hayek and Modern Liberalism." (Summer 1991).
  • Journal of Politics Book Review: Jill Quadagno's The Transformation of Old Age Security: Class and Politics in the American Welfare State (August 1990).
  • Social Science Quarterly Book Review: Gordon Tullock's The Economics of Wealth and Poverty (March, 1987).
  • American Journal of Sociology Book Review:  Neil Gilbert's Capitalism and the Welfare State:  Dilemmas of Social Benevolence (March, 1985).
  • American Political Science Review Book Review:  James E. Alt and K. Alec Chrystal's Political Economics (December, 1984).
  • American Political Science Review Book Review:  Edward Walter's  The Immorality of Limiting Growth (December, 1983).
  • American Political Science Review Book Review:  Karen Vaughn's John Locke: Economist and Social Scientist (March, 1981).
  • American Political Science Review, Book Review:  Alan Wolfe's The Limits of  Legitimacy:  Political Contradictions of Contemporary Capitalism (March, 1980).
  • Journal of Politics Book Note:  Kenneth Crowe's America for Sale (November, 1979).
  • American Political Science Review Book Review:  Louis Dumont's From Mandeville to Marx:  The Genesis and Triumph of Economic Ideology  (December, 1978).

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