Matthew Kuchem

Matthew Kuchem


Ph.D. in Political Science, 2018
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Subfields: Political Philosophy and American Politics

M.A. in Political Science, 2014
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

B.S. in Political Science and Broadcast Journalism, 2010, summa cum laude
Union University, Jackson, Tennessee

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Portfolio

Research Interests

Liberalism and its dilemmas, federalism and polycentrism, democratic theory, public discourse, American political thought, religion in the public square, representation, American political institutions.

My current research revolves around the nexus of liberalism, pluralism, and polycentric self-governance, especially in the U.S context. I am currently working on a book project that is concerned with the tension between liberty and social-political cohesiveness. I posit that a properly configured polycentric political system with multiple centers of decision-making authority is ideally suited for a complex, pluralistic society because it effectively organizes overlapping communities in a way that responsibly maximizes self-governance.

Teaching Interests

Ancient and modern political thought, contemporary political theory, American political thought, religion and politics in the United States, American political institutions.

I have taught a variety of courses in political theory and American politics as the instructor of record. These courses include Modern Political Thought, Classical Political Thought, The American Presidency, The U.S. Congress, and Intro to American Politics.

Dissertation Title

“Retrieving Liberalism: Complex Pluralism and the Architecture of Goods and Communities”

Dissertation Committee

Russell Hanson (chair), Aurelian Craiutu, William Scheuerman, and Susan Williams (Law)