Thomas Heilke

Professor of Political Science
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(Ph.D., Duke) Dr. Heilke's research projects have addressed one primary question: what is the existential meaning attributed to political power? From early in his undergraduate studies, he concluded that how we interpret the presence and use of political power is a vital part of our existence as human beings. It gives meaning and order to our political lives, and the search for such meaning and order at not only the individual, but also the communal level, is a constant in human affairs. The principal objective of his research has been to clarify the substance of such interpretations, the forms they take, and to understand their effect, if any, on our political activities.

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