Bryan McGraw, Ph.D.


Politics and International Relations Department

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Politics
On Faculty since 2008

Phone: (630)752-5928


Ph.D., Political Science, Harvard University, 2005

A.M., Political Science, Brown University, 2001

M.A., Russian Area Studies, Georgetown University, 1995

B.A., Modern European Studies, Vanderbilt University, 1993

About Bryan McGraw

Professor McGraw has always had an interest in the normative and philosophical aspects of politics and discovered political theory only in graduate school. He is particularly interested in the ways modern states seek to establish and enforce their own normative visions and how religion plays into that process. He has taught previously at the University of Georgia, Notre Dame and Pepperdine University. His first book was published by Cambridge University Press, and he is beginning a project on pluralism, law and religion, and political theology.

Professor McGraw and his wife Martha, a practicing neurologist, live in Wheaton with their three children. They enjoy gardening, all manners of outdoor activities, and perfecting the art of pulled-pork BBQ sandwiches.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • Between Athens and Jerusalem: Classical and Medieval Political Thought
  • Modern Political Thought
  • Law and Religion
  • American Political Thought
  • Christian Political Thought

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Political Science Association
  • Christians in Political Science
  • Association for Political and Legal Philosophy
  • Association for Political Theory


Individual: Professor McGraw's main areas of research are in contemporary political thought and especially how those traditions intersect with religious belief and practice.


McGraw, Bryan. Faith in Politics: Religion and Liberal Political Thought, Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Kimberly H. Conger and Bryan T. McGraw, "Religious Conservatives and the Requirements of Citizenship: Political Autonomy," Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 6, No. 2, June 2008.

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