Political Scientist

Josh Dunn | Political Scientist

Josh Dunn is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Government and the Individual at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. His books include Complex Justice: The Case of Missouri v. Jenkins, From Schoolhouse to Courthouse: The Judiciary’s Role in American Education, and Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University. Josh & his wife are a taxi service for their children’s baseball games. He is a lifelong Cubs fan; winning the World Series removed decades of emotional scar tissue.

He explores some of research which he then subsequently published in The Righteous Mind, one of the best books explaining the origins of disagreements between conservatives and liberals and how we might bridge our political divisions.

What sparks your curiosity?

The influence of ideas on history. I’ll quote Keynes, “Practical men who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back.” Some ideas are strongly correlated with human suffering while others with greater prosperity and happiness. I enjoy reading books exploring those connections.

What was the biggest change or turning point in your life, and why? Tell us a story!

This is a professional turning point. It came when I took a class from Martha Derthick on Intergovernmental Relations. I wanted to do a presentation on an arid theoretical treatment of federalism. She told me that that would put her to sleep. She recommended I present on Missouri v. Jenkins. It turned out to be a wildly fascinating case which led to my interest in education policy. Meeting my wife was my biggest personal turning point.

Hobbies | Passions | Fun Facts

I love watching my kids play baseball. Our two boys play and one of our daughters. My wife and I are a taxi service for baseball games and practices but we love it and will miss it when they’re no longer playing.

I love reading about philosophy of mind. The nature of human consciousness is infinitely interesting and important.

I am a lifelong Cubs fan. Winning the World Series removed decades of emotional scar tissue. I do cheer for the Rockies when they aren’t playing the Cubs.

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Website:  https://www.csgi.co/people/2018/3/13/joshua-dunn