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Political Science and Criminal Justice

Alan Gibson, Ph.D.

Alan Gibson began teaching at California State University, Chico in 2000. His research interests are focused in American political thought, especially the political thought of the American founding. He has published articles in, among other journals, American Political Thought, Polity, History of Political Thought, and The Review of Politics. Gibson is the author of two books on the historiography of the American founding, both published by University Press of Kansas. The first book, Interpreting the Founding: Guide to the Enduring Debates over the Origins and Foundations of the American Republic, provides a broad overview of the post-Beardian study of the American founding; the second book, Understanding the Founding: The Crucial Questions, examines four central debates generated by the modern study of the American founding. Gibson has held fellowships from the International Center for Jefferson Studies in Charlottesville, Virginia, the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame (1993). Gibson is currently writing a study of the political thought of James Madison, tentatively titled James Madison and the Creation of an Impartial Republic.