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Department of Political Science

Emeritus Faculty

William Kreml

Title: Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department: Political Science
Department of Political Science


William P. Kreml is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of South Carolina. Kreml served as vice-chair of the Political Science Department for two and one-half years in the early 90's and was Interim Chair of the Department in the summer and fall of 1993. Kreml received his J. D. degree from the Northwestern University Law School in 1965 and his Ph. D. in political science from Indiana University in 1972. Kreml is the author of nine single authored, non-edited books along with a number of articles and chapters in the sub-fields of American Government, Constitutional Law, and Political Theory. Kreml won the Educational Foundation Research Award in 1985. He is the creator of an original political philosophy known as the Natural Left, it being based on psychology rather the traditional theories that are largely based on economics. Kreml taught courses in the above sub-fields from 1971 until his retirement in 1996, continuing to teach individual classes until 2008. He was visiting professor at The University of Peking in the fall of 1994 and again in 1997. Kreml won the Mortar Board Teaching Award in 1996.


Kreml was the principal drafter of the charter, or constitution, of the national Democratic Party, this being the first constitution of a major political party in American history.

Kreml ran in selected presidential primaries as a Democrat in 1984, 1992, and 2000.

Kreml finished second in the Green Party presidential primaries in 2016.

Selected Publications 

The Anti-Authoritarian Personality, Pergamon Press, London, 1977

Relativism and the Natural Left, New York University Press, New York, 1984

A Model of Politics, MacMillan Press, New York, 1985

Psychology, Relativism, and Politics, New York University Press, New York, 1991

Losing Balance, The De-Democratization of America, M. E. Sharpe, Armonk, 1991

The Twenty-First Century Left - Cognitions in the Constitution and Why Buckley Was Wrong, Carolina Academic Press, Durham, 1996

America's Middle Class - From Subsidy to Abandonment, Carolina Academic Press, Durham,1997

The Constitutional Divide - The Public and Private Sectors in American Politics, University of South Carolina Press Columbia, 2000

The Bias of Temperament in American Politics - Second Edition, Carolina Academic Press, Durham, 2014

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