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Adam Scott Kunz

Adam Kunz
  • Assistant Professor
  • Political Science

Adam Kunz joined our department in Fall 2021. His scholarly interests are in contemporary political theory, existential threats to human flourishing, the limits of freedom of religion, and jurisprudence. He teaches courses on constitutional law, contemporary political theory, and the history of liberalism. A theme of his courses is translating rigorous theoretical knowledge into practices that build solidarity among citizens, promote human flourishing, and resolve systemic threats to both.

Before coming to UW-Eau Claire, Dr. Kunz completed his Ph.D. (2019) at the University of California, Davis. His dissertation explored the concepts of civic friendship and citizen relations in contemporary liberalism with a specific reference to the political philosophies of Kant and Rawls and the jurisprudence of Dworkin. He also attended law school at The George Washington University Law School (2012). He then practiced commercial litigation in Washington, DC, at Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP (now Faegre Drinker). Among his cases, Dr. Kunz represented the Native American students who challenged the racist name of the Washington, D.C., pro-football team.


Teaching Interests
  • Contemporary Political Theory
  • Liberalism
  • Constitutional Law
  • Tolerance and Civil Discourse
Responsibilities
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Advising
  • Department and University Service
Research and Creative Activities
  • The limits of religious freedom
  • Human flourishing and existential threats
  • Debates within and against liberalism
  • Civic friendship, citizen solidarity, and tolerance
Education
  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis (Political Science), 2019
  • M.A., University of California, Davis (Political Science), 2018
  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2012