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Bryan McGraw, Ph.D. - Wheaton College. Wheaton, IL, US

Bryan McGraw, Ph.D. Bryan McGraw, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Politics | Wheaton College


Professor McGraw specializes in the intersection between religion and democracy.



Bryan McGraw, Ph.D. Publication







Dr. McGraw has always had an interest in the normative and philosophical aspects of politics and discovered political theory only in graduate school. He is particularly interested in the ways modern states seek to establish and enforce their own normative visions and how religion plays into that process. He has taught previously at the University of Georgia, Notre Dame and Pepperdine University. His first book was published by Cambridge University Press, and he is beginning a project on pluralism, law and religion, and political theology.

Professor McGraw and his wife Martha, a practicing neurologist, live in Wheaton with their three children. They enjoy gardening, all manners of outdoor activities, and perfecting the art of pulled-pork BBQ sandwiches.

Education (4)

Harvard University: Ph.D., Political Science 2005

Brown University: A.M., Political Science 2001

Georgetown University: M.A., Russian Area Studies 1995

Vanderbilt University: B.A., Modern European Studies 1993

Areas of Expertise and Research Interests (37)

Political Science Russian Studies Modern European Studies Political Philosophy Classical Political Thought Medieval Political Thought Pluralism Law and Religion American Political Thought Christian Political Thought Contemporary Political Thought Religion and Politics Just War Theory Political Ethics Euthanasia Abortion War and Violence Economic Justice Free Speech First Amendment Civic Virtue Definitions of Citizenship Citizenship Global Justice Constitutional Law Christianity and Politics Evangelicals and Politics Political Theology Drones Terrorism Turkey European Politics Brexit & the Future of the European Union Education Education and Cultural Diversity Education and Vouchers Multiculturalism

Professional Affiliations (4)

  • American Political Science Association : Member
  • Christians in Political Science : Member
  • Association for Political and Legal Philosophy : Member
  • Association for Political Theory : Member

Media Appearances (1)

Opinion Roundup: Should Syria's Christians Be Our Top Priority?

Christianity Today  online


"If America does nothing, it's quite possible that the civil war will spill over into Lebanon and Iraq—not to mention that thousands more will die," said Bryan McGraw, associate professor of politics at Wheaton College. "If we aid the rebels, it seems likely that we'll end up helping people who might be worse than Assad."...

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Academics and Published Research (2)

Courses Taught

- Introduction to Political Philosophy
- Between Athens and Jerusalem: Classical and Medieval -
- Political Thought
- Modern Political Thought
- Law and Religion
- American Political Thought
- Christian Political Thought


Individual: Professor McGraw's main areas of research are in contemporary political thought and especially how those traditions intersect with religious belief and practice.

Select Articles, Chapters, Reviews, and Other Publications (1)

Religious Conservatives and the Requirements of Citizenship: Political Autonomy Perspectives on Politics

Kimberly H. Conger and Bryan T. McGraw