Professor Emeritus, History, Public Affairs, and Political Science
Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1956
American political thought, era of American Revolution, public policy, comparative political cultures
Foundations of American Political Thought
Political Thought Since 1600
Public-Spirited Citizenship: Leadership and Good Government in the United States (2015).
The Madisons at Montpelier; Reflections on the Founding Couple (2009).
The Idea of Democracy in the Modern Era (Univ. Press of Kansas, 2004).
Framed for Posterity: The Enduring Philosophy of the Constitution (1993).
James Madison, A Biography (1971, 1991).
Individualism in Public Life: A Modern Dilemma (1987).
Presidents Above Party: The First American Presidency, 1789-1829 (1984).
Comparative Political Thought
Citizenship and Civil Society
Political Culture of Founding Era
Professor Ketcham received the George Arents Pioneer Medal during
Reunion '03. The Arents is the highest alumni honor the University
bestows, and recognizes career accomplishment. An internationally
recognized author, scholar, and teacher of early American history, he
began his career at SU as a graduate fellow in 1951, and was named
Professor of American studies and Public Affairs at SU in 1963,
Professor of Political Science in 1965, Professor of History in 1968,
and Maxwell Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 1994.
Presently working on a manuscript, “The American Political Science Association and the Teaching of Democracy and Citizenship in the Twentieth Century.”