political science

René Paddags

René Paddags

René Paddags, assistant professor of political science, joined Ashland University in 2010. Professor Paddags teaches courses in international relations, comparative politics, and regional studies. Prior to joining Ashland University he had taught courses in political science and philosophy at the University of Maryland and at Loyola University, Baltimore.

Dr. Paddags received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Maryland, College Park for his dissertation on Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He also received an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Relations in International Relations and an M.A. in political science from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.

Dr. Christopher Burkett

Dr. Christopher Burkett, associate professor of political science, joined Ashland University in 2005. He teaches American political thought and institutions courses, and his fields of expertise include the American founding, American foreign policy, and political philosophy. He serves as faculty advisor to Student Senate, and was named Outstanding Male Faculty Member of the Year in 2008.

Reagan's inherent goodness made him one of the great presidents

This commentary appeared in The Columbus Dispatch on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011.

Ronald Reagan, were he still living, would celebrate his 100th birthday today. Yet even the decades that have elapsed since his presidency have not been able to dim the affection people feel for him. The longer he is gone, the more he is esteemed. Indeed, that esteem is now so widespread that even those who notoriously abused Reagan while he lived find themselves unable to deny his greatness or to resist the impulse to sing his praises.

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