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John F. Sitton

John SittonProfessor

Department of Political Science
106 Keith Annex
Department of Political Science
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA 15705-1069

724-357-2290 (messages)
724-357-3810 (fax)

Spring 2015 Office Hours:

Courses Taught

PLSC 260 - Contemporary Political Ideas: A survey of political ideas that structure political belief and action today. Discussed are classical liberalism, social democracy, anarchism, feminism, and others.

PLSC 360/560 - Classical Political Thought (designated as writing intensive): The origins and development of Western thought from Plato and Aristotle through Cicero and Saint Aquinas. The focus is especially on political participation as a way of life, the unity of political and moral conceptions in premodern political thought, and the relationship between order and justice. More about this course...

PLSC 361/561: Modern Political Thought (designated as writing intensive): Covers the major representatives of modern political thought since the Renaissance. Follows the development of the specifically modern notion of the state and political action through the works of Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, and Lenin. Emphasis on the “instrumentalist” state and the idea of a political science. More about this course ...

PLSC 362/562 - American Political Thought (designated as writing intensive): Covers a variety of American political ideas from the Puritans through recent radical and conservative critiques of American liberal democracy. Focus on the continuing development of the idea of individual rights, the political theory of the Constitution, and the tension between classical liberalism and popular rule. More about this course ...

Areas of Specialization

Contemporary political and social theory, with research interests in socialism, Marx, and Jürgen Habermas.

Special Projects

Habermas and Contemporary Society, published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

Marx Today: Selected Works and Recent Debates, published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.



B.A. 1974. Political Science, Kent State University, Kent, OH.

M.A. 1976. Political Science, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Ph.D. 1983. Political Science, Boston University, Boston, MA.

Teaching Experience

1996–present Professor of Political Science, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA. Political Theory (Classical, Modern, American), Contemporary Revolutions, and American Politics.

1993–1996 Associate Professor of Political Science, IUP.

1990–1993 Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science, IUP.

1987–1990 Assistant Professor of Political Science, IUP.

1985–1987 Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX. Modern Political Theory, American Politics, and State and Local Politics.

1983–1985 Instructor of Political Science, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX.

Contemporary Political Ideas and American Politics.


2010 Marx Today: Selected Works & Recent Debates. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

2003 Habermas and Contemporary Society. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, translated into Spanish (2006) and Korean (2011).

1998 "Disembodied Capitalism: Habermas's Conception of the Economy." Sociological Forum Volume 13, Number 1 (March): pp: 61-83. Republished in "New Developments in Economic Sociology," Swedberg, Ed., Edward Elgar Pub., 2004.

1996 Recent Marxian Theory: Class Formation and Social Conflict in Contemporary Capitalism. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

1991 "Farewell to the Proletariat? Political Problems of 'Post-Marxian' Revolutionary Theory." In Papers in Jurisprudence, Political Thought, and Comparative Politics Volume XIX, edited by Manuel Pelaez. Barcelona: pp. 6007-6041.

1990 "Citizens and Classes: Political Isolation and Class Formation," Critical Sociology Volume 17, Number 2 (Summer): pp. 3-33.

1989 Marx's Theory of the Transcendence of the State: A Reconstruction. Bern and New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.

1987 "Hannah Arendt's Argument for Council Democracy." Polity Volume XX, Number 1 (Fall): pp. 80-100. Republished in Hannah Arendt: Critical Essays, Hinchman and Hinchman, ed. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1994.

Other Scholarly Participation

1999 Discussant and chair of panel “Issues in the Political Theory of Friedrich Nietzsche,” Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, November.

1997 Discussant and chair of panel "Habermas's Communication Theory of Ethics," Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, November.

1995 Discussant on panel "Hannah Arendt and Simone Weil," Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Newark, NJ, November.

1992 Discussant on panel "Socialist Political Theory of the State," Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Providence, RI, November.

1990 Chair of panel "Political Economy and Political Philosophy," Southwestern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Fort Worth, TX, March.

1985 Chair of panel "New Directions in Marxian Theory," Southwestern Political Science Associa­tion Annual Meeting, Houston, TX, March.