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


Political Theory
Capitalism, For and Against
Foundations of American Political Thought
The Creation of the U.S. Constitution



Dennis C. Rasmussen is a political theorist whose research focuses primarily on the Enlightenment, the American founding, and the virtues and shortcomings of liberal democracy and market capitalism. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 2005 and his B.A. from Michigan State University’s James Madison College in 2000, and he has also held positions at Tufts University, the University of Houston, Brown University, and Bowdoin College. He is the author of Fears of a Setting Sun: The Disillusionment of the American Founders (Princeton University Press, forthcoming), The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought (Princeton University Press, 2017), The Pragmatic Enlightenment: Recovering the Liberalism of Hume, Smith, Montesquieu, and Voltaire (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and The Problems and Promise of Commercial Society: Adam Smith’s Response to Rousseau (Penn State University Press, 2008).