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Academic Publications 

Please find below an up-to-date list of my academic publications. I have published a single-author book with Cambridge University Press, two edited volumes, ten book chapters, and numerous articles in prominent peer reviewed journals like American Journal of Political Science, Political Theory and Journal of Business Ethics..

"Thunder's account of the role of citizenship in a worthy life is a broadly attractive one, and he defends it quite ably in his penultimate chapter against six important objections to his integrationist thesis. He writes, moreover, with clarity and grace."

- Richard Dagger, Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law, University of Richmond.




  • The Polycentric Republic: A Theory of Civil Order for Free and Diverse Societies. Under contract at Routledge.

Edited Volumes

  • Polycentric Governance and the Good Society: A Normative and Philosophical Investigation. Co-edited with Pablo Paniagua. Forthcoming with Lexington Books.

Journal Articles

  • "Are Traditional Catholics Defective Citizens?" Josephinum Journal of Theology, vol. 16, no. 2 (2009), pp. 379-393.

  • “A Rawlsian Argument Against the Duty of Civility.” American Journal of Political Science, vol. 50, no. 3 (July 2006), pp. 676-690.

Book Chapters

  • “An Ethical Case for Bottom-Up, Polycentric Governance in a Complex Society.” In Polycentric Governance and the Good Society: A Normative and Philosophical Investigation. Co-edited by David Thunder and Pablo Paniagua. Forthcoming with Lexington Books.



Book Translation:

Book Reviews and Essays:

  • “Back to Basics: Twelve Rules for Writing a Publishable Article.” PS: Political Science and Politics, July 2004, pp. 493-495.

  • Review of Graham Long’s Relativism and the Foundations of Liberalism (2004) and Gerald Gaus’s Contemporary Theories of Liberalism (2003). The Review of Politics, vol. 67, no. 4 (Fall 2005): 775-778. 

  • "The Flattening of Time": Review of Modern Social Imaginaries (Duke University Press, 2004) by Charles Taylor. The Review of Politics, vol. 66, no. 3 (Summer 2004): 145-147. 

  • Review Essay: Love and Friendship: Rethinking Politics and Affection in Modern Times (Lexington Books, 2003) by Eduardo Velásquez. Interpretation, vol. 35, no. 1 (Fall 2007): 95-101.

  • “The Limits of Finnis’s Nontheistic Account of Human Dignity and Rights: A Review of John Finnis, Human Rights and Common Good.” Jurisprudence, vol. 3, no. 1 (June 2012): 267-276. 

  • Review of Philosophy Between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing by Archer M. Melzer (Chicago University Press, 2014). Perspectives in Politics, vol. 13, no. 3 (September 2015): 847-848.

  • Review of George Rupp's Beyond Individualism: The Challenge of Inclusive Communities (2015). The Review of Politics, vol. 78, no 3 (Summer 2016): 491-493. 

  • Review of Ralph Ketcham, Public-Spirited Citizenship: Leadership and Good Government in the United States (2015). American Political Thought, vol. 6, no. 2 (Spring 2017): 330-333.  

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