Dr. Christine J. Basil

Dr. Christine J. Basil
Assistant Professor, Honors College,
Honors College

Meet Dr. Christine J. Basil

OF NOTE:
Completed her undergraduate degree at Belmont Abbey College (B.A. in Political Science and Government), and returned after receiving her Ph.D. in Political Science and Government from Baylor University to teach with the Honors College.

KNOWN FOR:
Writing and presenting discourses on classical political philosophy (namely Aristotle’s Rhetoric).

When not in the classroom, can often be found:
Presenting in academic conferences around the country.

Examples of the classes taught by Dr. Christine J. Basil:
  • Aristotle’s Ethics, Politics, and De Anima
  • Greek Histories
  • American Political Thought
  • Trivium II
  • Honors Tutorial
  • Plato and Aristophanes 
  • Politics and the Good Life
  • Introduction to Political Theory 
  • Modern Ideologies
  • Western Political Philosophy
  • American Constitutional Development
  • B.A.:  Belmont Abbey College, Department of Government and Political Philosophy, summa cum laude, May, 2011. Minor in Mathematics.
  • M.A.: Baylor University, Department of Political Science, May 2013.
  • Ph.D.: Baylor University, Department of Political Science, May 2017

Articles

  • “Mark Twain’s Joan of Arc: An American Woman?” coauthored with Rachel K. Alexander. Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy Spring 2018.
  • Justice Speaks: Nemesis, Rhetoric, and Nature in Aristotle’s Rhetoric. Under Review. Review of Politics.

 

Works In Progress

  • Shame’s Speech: Defending the Beautiful in Aristotle’s Rhetoric.

 

Academic Conferences

  • Participant, “America in the Republican Tradition,” Jack Miller Center Summer Institute, Philadelphia, PA, June 2019.
  • “Shame’s Speech: Defending the Beautiful in Aristotle’s Rhetoric.” Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the Northeast Political Science Association, Montreal, Canada, November 2018.
  • “Anger’s Poetry: Aristotle’s Homeric Treatment of Anger in the Rhetoric.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2018.
  • “Justice Speaks: Nemesis, Rhetoric, and Nature in Aristotle’s Rhetoric.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA, January 2018.
  • Panelist, “Defending the Constitution: The Federalist,” Alexander Hamilton Institute, Clinton, NY, June 2017.
  • “Anger’s Deliberation: Anger, Deliberation, and the Problem of One’s Own in Aristotle’s Rhetoric.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA, January 2017.
  • Participant, “The Scottish Enlightenment,” co-sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and Liberty Fund, Inc., Mecosta, MI, April 2016.
  • Panelist, “Churchill and De Gaulle: Statesmanship in a Democratic Age,” Alexander Hamilton Institute, Clinton, NY, June 2015.
  • Participant, “Shakespeare and Plutarch: Liberty and Tyranny,” co-sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and Liberty Fund, Inc., Mecosta, MI, April 2015.
  • “Passion’s Judgments in Aristotle’s Rhetoric.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2015.
  • “Shame and the Power of Beauty in Aristotle’s Rhetoric.” Paper presented at meeting sponsored by the Von Hildebrand Legacy Project, Steubenville, OH, October 2015.
  • Panelist, “Alexis de Tocqueville,” Alexander Hamilton Institute, Clinton, NY, June 2014.
  • “Aristotle and the Art of Living in the Nicomachean Ethics.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, November 2013.
  • Participant, Hertog Political Studies Program, Washington, DC, Summer 2011.

Dissertation: “Rhetoric, Passion, and Rule of Law in Aristotle’s Political Thought: Who Am I to Judge?”

Thesis: “Seriously Funny: Mark Twain’s Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc—the Saint and the State.”

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