William Byrne

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2003, The Catholic University of America, PoliticsM.B.A., 1993, George Mason UniversityB.A., 1985, University of Pennsylvania, History

William Byrne, Ph.D is an Associate Professor of Government and Politics on the Staten Island and Queens campuses of St. John’s University. He is the author of Edmund Burke for Our Time: Moral Imagination, Meaning, and Politics (2011) as well as numerous scholarly publications on modern political thought, on core problems of liberal democracy and late modernity, and on the role of cultural elements in society and politics. He is associate editor of the scholarly journal Humanitas, is active in professional societies, and assists with campus student groups and activities. A former Congressional staff member, he earned a B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from George Mason University, and holds a Ph.D. in Politics from The Catholic University of America.


  • American National Government
  • Congress
  • Presidency
  • Parties and Interest Groups
  • Seminar in American Government
  • Western Political Thought: Ancient
  • Western Political Thought: Modern
  • Western Political Thought: Contemporary


  • Modern Political Ideologies
  • American Political Thought: Formative Period
  • American Political Thought Since 1820

Other Courses Taught

  • Politics and the Imagination
  • Law, Morality, and Politics

“Political Philosophy, Revelation, and Modernity: Review of Roman Catholic Political Philosophy by James V. Schall,” published online by H-Catholic, H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences Online, July 2007.

“On Claes Ryn’s Political Philosophy,” Modern Age: A Quarterly Review, vol. 49, no. 1, Spring 2007.

“Burke’s Higher Romanticism: Politics and the Sublime,” Humanitas, vol. XIX, nos. 1 and 2, 2006.

“Imagination and the Good in Burke,” Studies in Burke and His Time, 2006.

“Nietzsche’s Rejection of Wagner: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Politics,” Commonwealth: A Journal of Political Science, vol. 11, 2002.

“Realism, Romanticism, and Politics in Mark Twain,” Humanitas, vol XII, no. 1, 1999.