Dennis C. Rasmussen

Professor, Political Science

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Contact Information

313B Maxwell Hall
(315) 443-5877
Curriculum Vitae
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Ph.D., Duke University, 2005


Political theory, history of political thought


PSC 125/PHI 125—Political Theory
PSC 326/HST 383—Foundations of American Political Thought
PSC 345—Capitalism, For and Against
PSC 376—The Creation of the U.S. Constitution


Dennis C. Rasmussen is a political theorist whose research focuses on the Enlightenment, the American founding, and the virtues and shortcomings of liberal democracy and market capitalism. He received a Ph.D. from Duke University in 2005 and a B.A. from Michigan State University’s James Madison College in 2000. Before coming to Syracuse, he held positions at Tufts University, the University of Houston, Brown University and Bowdoin College. He is the author of four books, including “The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought” (Princeton University Press, 2017), which was shortlisted for the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award and named a best book of the year by The Guardian, Bloomberg, Project Syndicate, Australian Book Review and Five Books. His most recent book is “Fears of a Setting Sun: The Disillusionment of America's Founders” (Princeton University Press, 2021).