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Christopher Justin Brophy

Providence College
Department of Political Science
310 Howley Hall
Providence, RI 02918
x. 1634

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Political Science, August 2020—Present

Providence College, Providence, RI


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), Political Science, May 2020

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Dissertation: Perilous Ascent: The Education of Erōs in Plato’s Symposium (Susan Collins, David
O’Connor, Ruth Abbey, Mary Keys)

Master of Arts (M.A.), Political Science, January 2017

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Licentiate of Sacred Theology (S.T.L.), Moral Theology, Summa cum laude, 2012
Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC

Master of Divinity (M.Div), Summa cum laude, 2011

Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC

Baccalaureate of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.), Summa cum laude, 2011

Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), 2006

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Major: Philosophy
Minors: Philosophy within Catholic Tradition and Medieval Studies
Other Professional Training/Experience

Scholars Program, Western New England Psychoanalytic Institute and Society

New Haven, CT
Fall 2020—Present

Editorial Intern, American Political Thought (University of Chicago Press)

Academic Year 2018—2019

Member, Delegation of the Dominican Order to the United Nations (Dominicans

for Peace and Justice, NGO), Geneva, Switzerland
June 2017 Meeting of the Human Rights Council
• Helped draft oral statements on human trafficking and migration. Delivered
the oral statement against human trafficking on the floor.

Research and Teaching Interests

Ancient and Contemporary Political Theory, Philosophical Conceptions

of the Human Psyche, The Human Psyche and Modern Society, Plato, Augustine,
Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Freud, Philosophy of Psychoanalysis, Religion and Politics, The
Foundations of Modern Ethics, Philosophy of Education

Language Competency: German, reading proficiency; Attic Greek, reading proficiency


Occasional Writing
Three-Part Series on Political Discourse
McGrath Institute for Church Life Blog
“On Some Problems with Political Discourse” October 8, 2020
“What is Political Discourse for the Catholic?” October 15, 2020
“What Can Catholics Expect from Politics?” October 22, 2020

“The Practice of Catholicism and Modern Identity.” Church Life: A Journal for the New
Evangelization, May 22, 2018.

Book Reviews
Review of Steven A. Long’s Natura Pura. National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly. Autumn
2015, vol. 15, no. 3, 608–610.

Paper, “Friendship with God: Graham Greene’s Response to Nietzsche’s Birth of

University of Notre Dame, Center for Ethics and Culture Fall Conference
“I Have Called You Friends,” November 7, 2019

Paper, “Aristophanes, Freud, and the Politics of the Non-Transcendent”

Omni Shoreham (Washington DC), APSA Annual Conference
“Populism and Privilege,” August 29, 2019

Paper, “Aristophanes, Freud, and the Denial of Higher Powers”

University of Notre Dame, Center for Ethics and Culture Fall Conference
“Higher Powers,” November 8, 2018

Paper, “Love of Laws and Institutions in Plato’s Ladder of Love”

University of Notre Dame, Center for Ethics and Culture Fall Conference
“You Are Beauty,” November 10, 2016

Paper, “The Necessity of a Moral Order for a Natural Law Theory of Interpretation”
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
“Moral and Juridical Responsibility in an Age of Side-Effects,” May 19, 2016

Invited Lectures

“Did Plato Err? Or Did Nietzsche Reinterpret? The Young Nietzsche’s Reading of
Catholic University of America
Political Philosophy Colloquium, February 8, 2021 (Remote Lecture)

“How Freud Draws from Ancient Sources to Develop His Theories on Ego, Guilt, and
Western Michigan University, Homer Stryker School of Medicine
Psychiatry Grand Rounds, June 9, 2020 (Remote Lecture)
Courses Taught

Providence College, (2020—Present)

DWC 201: Development of Western Civilization III
PSC 101: Politics (Words and/of Power)
PSC 341: Classical Political Theory
PSC 343: Contemporary Political Theory

Special Lecturer in Theology, (2014—2015)

THL 352: Foundations of Theology
THL 200: Theology of the Human Person

University of Notre Dame, Co-Instructor, (2016—2017)

POLS Constitutional Interpretation
POLS 30661: Constitutionalism, Law, and Politics I
POLS 30065: Constitutional Leadership

Professional Service

University of Notre Dame (2015—2020)

Co-Organizer, Notre Dame Graduate Conference
“The Common Good as Common Project,” March 26-28, 2017

President, Political Science Graduate Organization

May 15, 2016—May 15, 2017

Providence College (2012—2015)

Faculty Mentor, Providence College Leadership Fellows Program
Fall 2014—July 2015

Moderator/Head Coach, Providence College Debate Society

Spring 2013—July 2015
• Coached Providence College to a top-20 ranking in the American Parliamentary
Debate Association in 2013—2014

Orientation Leader Selection Committee Member

Spring 2013—July 2015
Project SAVE (Sexual Assault and Violence Education) Committee Member
Fall 2012—July 2015

Awards and Fellowships

Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Award, Political Science Nominee
The Shaheen Awards recognize one outstanding graduate student from each of the
four divisions of the Graduate School: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, and
University of Notre Dame, May 2020

Kaneb Center Outstanding Graduate Instructors Award

University of Notre Dame, Academic Year 2017—2018

Richard M. Weaver Fellowship

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Academic Year 2017—2018, $15,000

Center for Ethics and Culture Mission Fellowship

University of Notre Dame, Fall 2015—Spring 2020, $30,000 over 5 years

Professional Memberships

Member, American Political Science Association

Member, International Plato Society