Johnny Goldfinger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science

(317) 955-6569
Oldenburg Hall, Room 018
Johnny Goldfinger, Ph.D.

Johnny Goldfinger is an associate professor of political science. He holds bachelor degrees in chemical engineering, philosophy, and political science from the University of South Alabama. He has master’s degrees in political science from the University of New Orleans and Duke University. Johnny received his Ph.D. in political science from Duke University in 2003. Before coming to Marian University in 2010, he was an instructor at Wake Forest University and faculty member at IUPUI.

Goldfinger’s professional service included 12 years as an LSAC designated prelaw advisor and member of the Board of Directors for the Midwest Association of Prelaw Advisors. He was also the director of IUPUI’s American Democracy Project in collaboration with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Goldfinger has received a number of teaching and service awards including IUPUI’s Trustees Teaching Award (twice), Jaguar Favorite Professor Award (twice), and the Student Government Association’s Faculty Appreciation Award. In 2009, Goldfinger was nominated for and inducted into Indiana University’s Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching. Membership in the Academy is by invitation-only for individuals described as distinguished faculty dedicated to and recognized for excellence in teaching and learning.

Research interests

  • Deliberative institutions in the theories of Habermas and Rawls
  • Institutional suppression of majority cycles
  • Parallels in the political theories of Rawls and Rousseau
  • Teaching political theory as philosophy and science
  • Tocqueville and the multicultural revolution
  • Using Campus Space to Facilitate Political Deliberation

Courses taught

  • POL 102 Introduction to American Politics
  • POL 230 Introduction to Political Theory
  • POL 301 Political Science Research Methods
  • POL 344 American Political Thought
  • POL 345 Classical and Medieval Political Theory
  • POL 349 Modern and Contemporary Political Theory
  • POL 366 Congress, Parties, and the Presidence

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