Jim Zink

Associate Professor

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Teaching and Research Interests

Political theory, American political thought, constitutionalism




Zink, James R. and Michelle Schwarze. 2018. "James Wilson's Science of Politics and the Moral Psychology of American Constitutionalism." American Political Thought 7 (4): 588-613.

Schwarze, Michelle A. and James R. Zink. 2017. "Reconciling Natural Rights and the Moral Sense in Francis Hutcheson's Republicanism." In Promise and Peril: Republics and Republicanism in the History of Political Philosophy, ed. Will R. Jordan, 93-118. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press.

James R. Zink. 2017. Review of "Conventional Wisdom: The Alternate Article V Mechanism for Proposing Amendments to the U.S. Constitution," by John R. Vile. Political Science Quarterly 132 (2): 364-66.

Zink, James R. and Christopher T. Dawes. 2016. "The Dead Hand of the Past? Toward an Understanding of 'Constitutional Veneration'." Political Behavior 38 (3): 535-560.

Warner, John M. and James R. Zink. 2016. "Therapeutic Politics: Rawls’s Respect for Rousseau." The Review of Politics 78 (1): 117-140.

Zink, James R. 2015. "The Publicola Debate and the Role of the French Revolution in American Constitutional Thought." American Political Thought 4 (4): 557-587.

Zink, James R. 2014. "James Wilson vs. the Bill of Rights: Progress, Popular Sovereignty, and the Idea of the U.S. Constitution." Political Research Quarterly 67 (2): 253-265.

Zink, James R. 2011. "Reconsidering the Role of Self-Respect in Rawls’s A Theory of Justice." Journal of Politics 73 (2): 331-344.

Zink, James R. 2009. "The Language of Liberty and Law: James Wilson on America’s Written Constitution." American Political Science Review 103 (3): 442-455.

Zink, James R., James F. Spriggs, II and John T. Scott. 2009. "Courting the Public: The Influence of Decision Attributes on Individuals’ Views of Court Opinions." Journal of Politics 71 (3): 909-925.



  • PhD in Political Science from University of California, Davis, 2010
  • JD in from DePaul University College of Law, 1999
  • BA in Government and International Studies from University of Notre Dame, 1995