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Dr. Charles R. Embry

Duke University
Political Philosophy, Comparative Government and Politics

Charles Embry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Louisiana Tech University, a Master of Arts degree from Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) in Government, and a PhD. from Duke University in Political Science. He began teaching in 1968 as an adjunct instructor at North Carolina State University and in 1969 came to Texas A&M-Commerce (then East Texas State University). He specializes in Political Philosophy, but also teaches American Government, Texas Government, and Modern European Governments. During his thirty-eight years at Texas A&M-Commerce, he has taught numerous capstone and special topics courses to include-Love and Death in Western Civilization, The Spiritual Origins of Totalitarianism, Russian Music and Politics, Politics and Literature, and The Idea of Civilization.

He also taught in and directed an interdisciplinary general education program called the New Center for Learning for several years during the 1970s and 1980s. He has published articles in Liberal Education and News for Teachers of Political Science (A Publication of the American Political Science Association), as well as numerous poems. His book, Robert B. Heilman and Eric Voegelin: A Friendship in Letters, 1944-1984, was published in March, 2004 by the University of Missouri Press as a volume in the Eric Voegelin Institute Series in Political Philosophy. (For a short description of his book go to: ).

In 2005, the University of Missouri Press published Philosophy, Literature and Politics: Essays Honoring Ellis Sandoz, which he co-edited with Barry Cooper.  His latest book, The Philosopher and The Storyteller: Eric Voegelin and Twentieth-Century Literature, was published in Spring, 2008 by the University of Missouri Press.  He was named Professor Emeritus by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents in 2007.  Charles is married to Polly Detels, Associate Professor of History, Texas A&M-Commerce.

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