Lori Carsen Kelly ’83Alumni and Faculty

Senior Continuing Assistant Professor in Political Science and Visiting Assistant Professor in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

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 gender, women, and sexuality studies major and the peace studies minor. Lori received the Swenson-Bunn Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, an honor bestowed by students, in 2011. In June 2012, Lori was named the Director of the Three Crowns Curriculum, an alternative path for completing general education requirements at Gustavus, a position she maintained until 2018. If you are interested in learning more about this signature inter-disciplinary program, the Three Crowns Curriculum: Connections, Ideas, and Values, please visit its website at gustavus.edu/threecrowns/.


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

Areas of Expertise

Political Theory

Courses Taught

FTS-100 (FTS:Ethics for Everyday Life) and POL-160 (Political and Legal Thinking)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
CUR-210 Individual and Society 24 2020/FA, 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, and 2009/FA
POL-290 Law and Society 16 2023/SP, 2022/SP, 2020/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/SP, 2017/SP, 2012/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, and 2005/SP
POL-160 Political and Legal Thinking 16 2021/SP, 2020/FA, 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/FA
POL-280 Revolution, Resistance 7 2023/SP, 2022/SP, 2019/SP, 2018/SP, 2017/SP, 2014/SP, and 2012/SP
GWS-280 Resistance/Liberation 6 2023/SP, 2022/SP, 2019/SP, 2018/SP, 2017/SP, and 2014/SP
CUR-399 Senior Seminar 5 2023/SP, 2022/SP, 2021/FA, 2021/SP, and 2020/SP
POL-275 Classics in Political Thought: Modern 5 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, and 2007/SP
POL-399 Thesis 5 2006/SP, 2004/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
CUR-215 Indiv. & Community 4 2022/FA and 2021/FA
POL-265 Quest for Community 4 2015/FA, 2011/FA, 2009/FA, and 2008/FA
POL-244 Special Topic: Resistance and Liberation 4 2009/SP, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, and 2006/SP
POL-375 Resistance and Liberation 3 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
POL-380 Feminist Political Thought 2 2010/SP and 2008/SP
POL-175 Classics in Political Thought: Modern 2 2004/SP
FTS-100 FTS:Ethics for Everyday Life 1 2022/FA
POL-240 Resistance/Liberation 1 2011/SP
POL-344 Special Topic: Democratic Principles 1 2009/SP
POL-395 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties 1 2009/SP
POL-220 U.S. Public Policy 1 2005/SP
POL-390 Constitutional Law 1 2004/SP
POL-370 Readings in Theory 1 2000/FA
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.