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Benjamin Lynerd

Benjamin Lynerd, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science
Post-Doctoral Fellow for the Benjamin Franklin Project







Siegel Hall 116H


Ph.D., University of Chicago, Political Science (2009)
M.A., University of Chicago, Social Sciences (2000)
B.A., University of Maryland, College Park, Government and Politics (1999)

Research Interests 

Political philosophy
Political theology, with a focus on American political thought
The Atlantic Enlightenment


Professor Lynerd serves as a Benjamin Franklin Project post-doctoral fellow and as a visiting assistant professor of political science. He covers courses in political philosophy and in American politics, including Social and Political Thought (PS 210), the Presidency (PS 345), the Congress (PS 347), American Political Thought (PS 355), Social Inequality (PS 221), Great Political Thinkers (PS 273) and Politics and the Media (PS 303). Lynerd’s research interests include political philosophy and political theology with a particular focus on American political thought and the Atlantic Enlightenment.

For the Benjamin Franklin Project, Professor Lynerd helps to organize a public lecture series, including the upcoming Infrastructures of Creativity conference at IIT in April 2014.

Selected Publications 

Republican Theology: The Civil Religion of American Evangelicals (Oxford University Press, 2014). This publication explores the question of American evangelicals maintain a pronounced (albeit qualified) commitment to an ideology of limited government.