Jean Bethke Elshtain
University of Chicago Divinity School, USA
Jean Bethke Elshtain, a political philosopher whose task has been to show the connections between our political and our ethical convictions, is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at The University of Chicago. Professor Elshtain is a graduate of Colorado State University (A.B., 1963), she went on to earn a Master's degree in history as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow before turning to the study of politics. She received her Ph.D. from Brandeis University in Politics in 1973. She joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts/Amherst where she taught from 1973 to 1988. She joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University in 1988 as the first woman to hold an endowed professorship in the history of that institution. She was appointed to her current position at the University of Chicago in 1995. She has been a visiting professor at Oberlin College, Yale University, and Harvard University. She is the recipient of seven honorary degrees. Professor Elshtain was elected a Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996.
Professor Elshtain also currently serves as Co-Chair of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life; and Chair of The Council on Families in America. She was Chair of The Council on Civil Society; and a member of The National Commission for Civic Renewal and the Penn Commission on American Culture and Society (1996-1999).
She was a Phi Beta Kappa Scholar for 1997-1998. She served as Vice-President of the American Political Science Association for the 1998-99 academic year. She is a member of the Board of the Illinois Humanities Council.
Jean Bethke Elshtain is married and the mother of four children and the grandmother of three.
Work in progress: The King is Dead. Sovereign God, Sovereign State, Sovereign Self.Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy (Basic Books, Fall 2001).
Augustine and the Limits of Politics (University of Notre Dame Press, 1996).
Democracy on Trial (Basic Books, 1995).
Named a New York Times notable book.Editor, Just War Theory (Basil Blackwell, 1990).
Women and War (Basic Books, 1987; Italian translation published by Il Mulino, Bologna, 1991; Japanese translation published by Hosei University Press, 1994; second paperback edition with new Epilogue, University of Chicago Press, 1995).
Public Man, Private Woman: Women in Social and Political Thought (Princeton University Press, 1981; second edition, 1992).
Jean Bethke Elshtain is also the author of numerous other books and over four hundred essays. She is a contributing editor for The New Republic.