Reclaiming Liberalism: Law, Politics, and the Public/Private Divide


Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships


Political Science


This project offers an analysis that builds on the most prominent critiques of American liberalism and argues that those critiques accurately identify weaknesses in the model of privacy rights. Through historical, philosophical, and jurisprudential arguments, an alternative model of an affirmatively defined public/private divide is developed. This model provides a coherent basis for responding to the strongest criticisms of liberalism without abandoning its core commitments. Areas of research include comparative and American jurisprudence, philosophy, American political thought and American political development.