Jim Zink

Associate Professor

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Teaching and Research Interests

Political theory, American political thought, constitutionalism


Zink, James R. 2019. "The Independence of the Declaration and Constitution: Disharmony and Divergence in the First Missouri Crisis." The Political Science Reviewer 43 (2): 379-413.

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