Henry (Hank) T. Edmondson III
of Political Science & Public Administration
Director, Center for Transatlantic Studies

Department of Government
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Georgia College & State University
Milledgeville, GA 31061-0490
(478) 445-0943 (478) 445-5273 (fax)

Home: 2364 Franklin St.
Augusta, GA 30906
(706) 796-2874 hm/ 706-564-6822 cell/ 706-421-2671 cell

Doctorate in Political Science, August 1990, University of Georgia.
Dissertation: "Thomas Jefferson, John Dewey and Education for Public Affairs." Additional study in philosophy and Greek classics.

Masters of Arts in Public Administration, August 1984, Georgia Southern University.

Bachelors of Arts in History, 1979, Augusta State University. General studies minor with concentrations in music and English literature.

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

GC&SU Distinguished Professor, 2003, Awarded for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Public Service


Since 1988: Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, Department of Government, College of Liberal Arts

Teaching responsibilities include Public Administration, Political Philosophy, Leadership, Public Law, European Government, Law and Politics, Interdisciplinary Topics

Special topics courses include "Literature and Politics," "Nihilism in Politics and Culture," "Black American Political Thought," "Shakespeare, Ethics and War,"  "Leadership," "Heroic Virtue," "The Politics of Spain," "The Politics of Great Britain," "Law and Legal Systems of the European Union" (jointly taught with the University of Munich.), and "Tolkien and Political Philosophy."

1993-2002: Founder and Director, "European Government and Culture Study Abroad," (Spain, England, Ireland) Georgia College & State University, 3-week summer program. Responsibilities include all phases of program operation: student recruitment, logistical planning,  accommodations arrangement, budget management, language translation, and academic design and testing.  Since its inception, the program has run successfully each consecutive years.

2002-Present: Director, "The European Union: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," (Based in Strasbourg, France with excursions to Frankfurt, Stuttgart,  Brussels, NATO, SHAPE, Luxembourg, Paris, Switzerland.) Three week May program. Responsibilities include all phases of program operation: student recruitment, logistical planning, accommodations arrangement, budget management, and academic design and testing.

Present: Director, "Power Politics & Tolkien," (Study Abroad in Oxford and London) This course will take place in July of 2008 and will study the political philospohy embededed in the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, and in several plays of Shakespeare.

2003-present: Member, Steering Committee, University System of Georgia European Union Studies Certificate Program.

Present: Campus Representative for 3-year Title VI grant to establish interdisplinary on-line Transatlantic Studies major with with several European universities, involving seven pilot universities in the University of Georgia System.


Administrative Supervisor, Emergency Room/Regional Trauma Center, Talmadge Hospital, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia, March 1981-May 1984.

Numerous university committees, search committees both as chair and participant.


"Political Education for Public Servants: "Symposium: Teaching Public Policy and Administration" Policy Studies Journal, Vol. 8, No. 4, Summer, 1989.

"The Civic Education of Public Leaders: The Founders and John Dewey," in Teaching Public Policy and Administration, Peter Bergerson, ed., Greenwood Press, 1991.

"Teaching Administrative Ethics with Help From Jefferson," PS: Political Science and Politics, June, 1995. Vol. 28, No.2.

"The Hyppolytus, Public Administration, and the Need for Prudence." Teaching Ethics and Values in Public Administration Programs, James Bowman, ed., State University of New York Press, 1997.

"John Dewey Revisited in an Age of Educational Decline," Political Science Reviewer, Volume XVIII, 1999.

"Ethics Aweigh! Teaching Ethics to Ship Bound Naval Officers Through Video-Teleconferencing" Public Integrity, Vol. I, No. I, Winter 1999.

Guest Editor, "A Symposium on Public and Private Morality, Introduction," Public Integrity, Spring 2001, Vol. III, No. II

Editor, The Moral of the Story: Literature and Public Ethics,  (Lexington Press, 2000).


"Shakespeare's Henry V and the Act of Ethical Reflection," in The Moral of the Story: Literature and Public Ethics,  (Lexington Press, 2000).

Introductory Chapter: "Literature and Public Ethics," in The Moral of the Story: Literature and Public Ethics,  (Lexington Press, 2000).

"Flannery O'Connor's Teaching on the Nature of Evil in "The Lame Shall Enter First," in Faith, Reason, and Political Life Today, Peter Augustine Lawler & Dale McConkey, eds. (Lexington Books, February 2001)

"Mystery versus Modernity in Flannery O'Connor's Short Story 'A View of the Woods' " in Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, Winter 2001-02, Vol. 29, No. 2.

"Wingless Chickens: Flannery O'Connor on Nihilism in 'Good Country People' ", in Flannery O'Connor Review, Volume 2, 2004.

Return to Good and Evil: Flannery O'Connor's Response to Nihilism (Lexington Books, 2002)


"Public Education," article in American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia, (Forthcoming:  ISI Books, 2006).

John Dewey and the Decline of American Education: How the Patron Saint of Schools Has Corrupted Teaching and Learning ( ISI Books, November 2005)


"Re-thinking the Values of War: Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida" Public Integrity, Summer, 2006, Symposium: Leadership and Literature, Henry T. Edmondson III, Patrick Dobel, editors.


"Tri-level Constitutionalism: Catalonia, Spain and the EU"

"If Men Were Angels . . .": A Handbook To The Federalist Papers

"Not Seeing is Believing: O'Connor, Hopkins & St. John of the Cross on the Virtue of Blindness" (awaiting publication)

"'You Are Too Absolute': Shakespeare's Coriolanus and the Problem of Moral Compromise"


Perspectives on Politics
Public Integrity


Southeastern Political Science Review
Political Papers: An International Journal of Philosophy

Perspectives on Politics
Editorial Board, Board of Directors, Crisis in Education (CIE)


"A Place in the World: Delinquency and the Search for Liberty in Cervantes' Rinconete and Cortadillo," by Juan Jose Sendin Vinagre, Translated by Henry T. Edmondson III,  The Moral of the Story: Literature and Public Ethics,  (Lexington Press, 2000).

Translated, Awaiting Publication, "Leading By Example in Cervante's Death Bed Novel the Persiles," in Perspectives in Political Science


Kellogg Task Force on Governance, Research Assistant, Fall 1985-Summer 1987. Research was concerned with such topics as political education, the undergraduate curriculum, "writing across the curriculum" programs, educational philosophies, critical thinking, higher education reform. Funded by Kellogg Foundation.

"Institutional Incentives to Civic Learning," presented at Faculty Colloquium on The Modern University," Holiday Inn, Athens, Ga., November, 1986; published February 1987, by Institute of Higher Education with Prof. Lief Carter as co-author.

"The Educational Philosophy of John Dewey in Light of the Founder's Intentions," presented at Georgia Political Science Association Meeting in February, 1987.

"Education Toward Character in Public Administration," presented at Nineteenth Annual Southeastern Conference of the American Society for Public Administration, New Orleans, La., October, 1987.

"The Founders, John Dewey, and Education for Public Affairs," The Eleventh National Conference on Teaching Public Administration, Atlanta, Ga., March, 1988. (Best Paper Award)

Panel Chair: "Education Policy," Twentieth Annual Southeastern Conference of the American Society of Public Administration, Birmingham, Al., October, 1988.

Best Paper Awards Committee, 12th National Conference on Teaching Public Administration, Federal Executive Institute, Charlottesville, Va., March, 1989.

Discussant, panel: "Politics and Education," Georgia Political Science Association Meeting, February, 1990.

"Dewey's Ethics: A Problem of Accountability," Georgia Political Science Association Meeting, Savannah, Ga., February, 1991.

"The Moral Goal of Administrative Ethics," 14th annual conference on Teaching Public Administration," The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., February, 1991.

Participant: Claremont Liberty Fund Conference, "Law, Morality, and Liberty," The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, Rancho Santa Fe, Ca., July 21-26, 1991.

Speaker: "The Right to Bear Arms," Georgia College, Sept. 24, 1991, at "The Bill of Rights" Series, sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts and Georgia Humanities Council.

Panel Chair: "Constitutional Issues for the Nineties." Georgia Political Science Association Meeting, Savannah, Ga., February, 1992.

"The Second Amendment, The Framers Intent and State Court Interpretations." Georgia Political Science Association Meeting, Savannah, Ga., February 1992.

Discussant: American Political Science Association, Boston, MA. September, 1998.

Discussant, conference on "Religion, Politics, and Community" March, 1999. Berry College.

Panel Chair and Discussant, "Politics and the Modern Novel" APSA September 1999, Atlanta, Ga.

Ethics 2000: Dimensions of Ethics in the New Millennia, The Third Public Sector Ethics Conference, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, "Shakespeare's Henry V, and the Importance of Ethical Reflection."

Participant, "The Dewey-Hutchins Debates," Socratic Seminar, Liberty Fund, August 2000, Essex Junction, Vt.

Participant, "Liberty, Individuality, and Responsibility in Douglass, Washington, DuBois and Ellison," Socratic Seminar, Liberty Fund, January 2001, Tucson, Arizona

Participant, "Freedom, Servitude, and the Good Life in Literature and Philosophy," Socratic Seminar, Liberty Fund, March 2001, Savannah, Ga.

Participant, "Herodotus' Histories," Socratic Seminar, Liberty Fund, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, July, 2001

Participant, "T.S. Eliot," Socratic Seminary, Liberty Fund, Key West, Fl., January, 2002.

"Rethinking the Values of War: Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida", American Political Science Association Meeting, Washington, D.C., August, 2002.

"Flannery O'Connor and the Mystery of Suffering,"  Southeastern Region of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, Mercer University, April, 2003.

"The European Union: Who, What, When, Where, and How?," Schiller International University, Strasbourg, France, May, 2003

Participant, "Providence & Liberty" (Aeschylus, Cicero, Book of Isaiah), Socratic Seminar, Pasadena, Calif., July, 2003

Panel Chair, American Political Science Association Meeting, Philadelphia, August 2003

Presenter, "Re-Thinking the Values of War: The Trojan Battle Camp Deliberations in Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida," American Political Science Association Meeting, Boston, September 2002.

"We're not in Philadelphia Anymore: The EU Constitution of 2003," Georgia Political Science Association Meeting, Callaway Gardens, November, 2003 (forthcoming)

Participant, Liberty Fund Colloquium, "C.S. Lewis," Scottsdale, Arizona, January, 2004 

Participant, Liberty Fund Colloquium, "Jane Austen and Flaubert," Natchez, Mississippi, March, 2004. (forthcoming)

"Trojan Horse in the School: John Dewey's Influence on American Education," Mercer University, January 13, 2004

Director, Liberty Fund Colloquium, "Ancient Paradox, Modern Folly" Tucson, Arizona (forthcoming, November, 2004)

"John Dewey and the Decline of American Education," Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, Scottish Chapter, University of Edinburgh, December, 2005.

"The European Union Constitution: Where Do They Go From Here?" Constitution Day University-wide Address, Georgia College & State University

Director, Liberty Fund Conference: "Liberty and Constitution-Making," (comparison of U.S. and EU proposed constitutions) Hilton Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, September 13-16, 2008. Conference will include 17 participants from the U.S., Ireland, France, Germany and Spain.

Participant, "Constitutional Thought of Robert Jackson," Sausalito, California, March 13-17, 2008.

Participant, "Liberty and the Thought of Lance Banning," Liberty Fund Seminar, March 27-31, 2008

Participant, "Russell Kirk & T.S. Eliot," Liberty Fund Socratic Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 3-6, 2008.

Participant, "Sources of Eighteenth Century Constitutionalism," Liberty Fund Conference, San Diego, April 17-21, 2008.

Participant, "Jacques Maritain and Christopher Dawson," Liberty Fund Conference, Cleveland, Ohio, April 24-27, 2008.

Participant, "John Stenbeck's East of Eden, " Liberty Fund Conference, Santa Cruz, California, May 15-18, 2008.

Director, Liberty Fund Conferece: "Democracy and Its Tension With Liberty" (Jose Ortega y Gasset) Big Sky Resort, Big Sky Montana, August 21-24, 2008

"Tatum Ergo (Ridiculum) Sacramentum: Flannery O'Connor on the Meaning of Sacrament," American Literature Association Meeting, Savannah, Ga., October 2-5, 2008. (forthcoming)

"The European Union and Political Philosophy: Something Old or Something New?" Georgia Political Science Association Meeting, Savannah, Ga., November 13-15, 2008 (forthcoming)


Paper Presentation (Poster Session) "Flannery's O'Connor's Teaching on the Nature of Evil," "Politics and Literature Section, APSA September 2000, Washington, D.C.

Lecturer, "Gerard Manley Hopkins, Flannery O'Connor and Silence," 16th Annual Gerard Manley Hopkins Conference, Monasterevin, Ireland, July, 2003

"Splattered Brains: Flannery O'Connor on Mortality as the Basis of Equality", American Political Science Association Meeting, Philadelphia, August, 2003

Presenter, "Flannery O'Connor's Political Philosophy in "The Enduring Chill," American Political Science Association Meeting, San Francisco, Calif., September, 2001

"Flannery O'Connor and the Death of God," delivered at University of Aberdeen, Scotland; December, 2003.

"Flannery O'Connor and the Death of God," delivered at Regents-Park College, Oxford University, December, 2003.

"Flannery O'Connor and Grace" Mercer University, January 13, 2004

"Return to Good and Evil: Flannery O'Connor's Response to Nihilism," University of Glasgow, Scotland, February 14, 2005

"Flannery O'Connor and the Death of God in the U.S.A.," University of Hull, England, February 11, 2005

"Good Country Philosophy: Why I Find Flannery O'Connor Intriguing," Andalusia, Milledgeville, Ga. Co-Sponsored by the Flannery O'Connor Review at GC&SU and the Flannery O'Connor--Andalusia Foundation, Inc.   February 7, 2006.

"Benedict XVI, Flannery O'Connor, and the Problem of Modernity," The Vatican Forum, Rome, Italy, January 16, 2007.

"Flannery O'Connor, Aquinas and the Question of Evil," The North American College, Rome Italy, January 17, 2007.

"Literature and the European Union Constitution," at "Literature and Politics: The 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome," Friday, March 30, 2007, Duquesne University.

"Por Qué Leer Flannery O'Connor en España?" Universidad Comletense Madrid (U.C.M), April, 2007.

"Flannery O'Connor and American Conservatism" Emory University, September 26, 2007

"La Literatura y La Politica: el caso de Flannery O'Connor," University of Valencia, Spain, November 2007, (forthcoming)

"Stories About Nothing: Nihilism in the Short Stories of Flannery O'Connor and William Faulkner," Flannery O'Connor Conference, Milledgeville, Ga., April 5, 2008.


Chair, numerous faculty searches, tenure and promotion committees.

Recent service includes Chairman of University-Wide Committee on "Area B," involving reform of core curriculum. Conclusions included a freshman/sophomore critical thinking (informal logic) requirement of all GC&SU students.


American Society of Public Administrators, American Political Science Association, Georgia Political Science Association, Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, American Maritain Association.


University of Georgia (Instructor: 1984-1988)

Oglethorpe University, Atlanta (Instructor: Summer 1987, Summer 1988)

Georgia College & State University (Professor: Fall 1988 to present)

Lead teacher and faculty liaison, Carl Vinson Center for Naval Distance Education, 1997-2000; Pentagon-sponsored pilot project involving graduate classes delivered to Naval officers aboard Nimitz-class nuclear carriers. Project included two-week class "Ethics and Leadership" on board the USS Carl Vinson  during deployment in the Pacific Ocean. Also included teaching course on ethics (via teleconferencing) to Naval officers during military conflict in Operation Desert Fox in Persian Gulf.

Collaborator with Professor Franz Kohout and Professor Peter Merck, the University of Munich, Germany, in designing "European Union Law & Legal Systems," a web-ct course scheduled to be taught jointly to students of USG students and University of Munich.

Grant Recipient, Fall, 2002, from Apple Computers, for technology application to course "War, Politics, and Shakespeare." (See article:

http://maccentral.macworld.com/news/2003/04/28/ipodinnovation/ )


Georgia Public Safety Training Center, Forsyth, Ga. (management personnel practices, management liability)

Georgia Department of Education (moral, health and civic education in public schools)

Guest Columnist: Augusta Chronicle, Atlanta Journal, Milledgeville Union-Recorder

Sample Guest Editorial:


Classical Greek
New Testament Greek


Wife: Dorothy Marie
Children: Nathan Henry
Erin Elizabeth
James Jason
Kerrie Katrina


Backpacking, Camping, Birding, Photography.


Gubernatorial Commision on "Newborn Umbilical Cord Blood Research and Medical Treatement," State of Georgia, 2006-7

Adult CCD Director, St. Joseph's Catholic Church

Study and Retreat  to Augusta Deanery Hispanic Community,  March-April, 1999 "El Castillo Interior", Santa Teresa de Avila, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Augusta, Ga.

Lenten Series, Augusta Deanery, March 2000: St. Teresa of Avila's Way of Perfection

Lenten Series, Augusta Deanery, March 2001: "The Resounding Silence: St. John of the Cross's Response to 'Pay-Per-View' "


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