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Douglas Thompson

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: Gambrell, 315
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Department of Political Science


Doug Thompson is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina. His research and teaching interests include history of political thought and contemporary democratic theory. His first book, Montaigne and the Tolerance of Politics (Oxford, forthcoming) reinterprets Montaigne's conception of religious tolerance in the Essais in light of his activity as a high-level negotiator between warring Catholic and Huguenot parties during the French Wars of Religion. The book then applies this Montaignian conception to tolerance conflicts in contemporary politics. Thompson's work on Montaigne has been published in History of Political Thought and Montaigne Studies. His current research program follows two trajectories. First, he continues to work on historical and contemporary theories of religious tolerance, with a number of independent article manuscripts in preparation. Second, his other book project, Political Theory in the Metropolis, investigates implications of global urbanization for democracy, political representation, and citizenship in contemporary societies.