a1 California Polytechnic State University
This article reports the results of a 2008 national survey of political theorists. The results, based on 1,086 responses from professors at accredited, four-year colleges and universities in the United States, provide information about the demographic characteristics of political theorists, opinion data on the place of political theory within political science, the proportion of political theorists in political science departments, teaching loads, expectations for tenure, the experience of political theorists on the academic job market, and, finally, rankings of theorists, journals, publishers, professional organizations, and Ph.D. programs.
Matthew J. Moore is assistant professor of political science at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He has published on value pluralism and the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein.
An earlier version of this essay was presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. I would like to thank my fellow panelists, and the members of the audience, for their helpful suggestions on that occasion. That earlier version of the paper has more complete versions of some of the tables included here, and is available through the Social Science Research Network at http://ssrn.com/abstract=1463648. I would also like to thank Prof. Jeff Sklar of the Statistics Department of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, for his generous assistance as part of the University's Statistical Consulting Service.