Lori Carsen Kelly ’83

Alumni and Faculty

Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of the Three Crowns Curriculum in Political Science

Dr. Lori Carsen Kelly graduated summa cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College, earning her B.A. in 1983 with a major in political science and a minor in psychology. She did her graduate studies at Columbia University in the City of New York where she was twice awarded a President's Fellowship. At Columbia University, Lori earned her M.A. in 1986, her M.Phil in 1988, and her Ph.D. in Political Theory in 1992, with distributionals in American government and political sociology. Her dissertation, "After Religion: Christianity, Politics, and the Search for Objectivity in the Thought of Alasdair MacIntyre," focused on religious influences within communitarian political thought. Among her interests are communitarian theory, virtue ethics, non-violent resistance, and constitutional interpretation. Lori taught at Columbia University, Fordham University, and Queens College (City University of New York--Graduate Division) before coming to Gustavus as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 1992. At Gustavus, she teaches courses in political and legal thinking, ancient and modern political thought, jurisprudence, feminist political thought, and resistance theory, as well as the course, Individual and Society, within the Three Crowns Curriculum. She contributes to the gws studies major and the peace studies minor. Lori received the Swenson-Bunn Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence in 2011 and was named the Director of the Three Crowns Curriculum in June 2012.


B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College; M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D. Columbia University

Areas of Expertise

Political Theory

Courses Taught


GWS-280 (Resistance/Liberation) and POL-280 (Resistance/Liberation)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
CUR-210Individual and Society102013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, and 2009/FA
POL-290Law and Society102012/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, and 2005/SP
POL-160Political and Legal Thinking82012/SP, 2011/SP, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/FA
POL-275Classics in Political Thought: Modern52011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, and 2007/SP
POL-399Thesis52006/SP, 2004/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
POL-244Special Topic: Resistance and Liberation42009/SP, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, and 2006/SP
POL-265Quest for Community32011/FA, 2009/FA, and 2008/FA
POL-375Resistance and Liberation32001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
POL-380Feminist Political Thought22010/SP and 2008/SP
POL-175Classics in Political Thought: Modern22004/SP
POL-395Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties12009/SP
POL-344Special Topic: Democratic Principles12009/SP
POL-220U.S. Public Policy12005/SP
POL-390Constitutional Law12004/SP
POL-370Readings in Theory12000/FA

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.