John M. Parrish

Professor and Chair of Political Science


Phone:    (310) 338-5810
Office:     University Hall 4133
John M. Parrish CV
Fall 2014 Course Schedule:
POLS 198.01 Political Science Learning Community
Thursday: 1:35-2:30pm
Fall 2014 Office Hours:


John Michael Parrish teaches and studies political theory, focusing especially on the history of political thought and on the ethics of political leadership.  A native of Oklahoma and a graduate of William Jewell College, he has studied at Oxford and Cambridge and earned his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard.  Prior to coming to Loyola Marymount University, he was assistant professor of political science at Ohio State University.  He has published a book, Paradoxes of Political Ethics: From Dirty Hands to the Invisible Hand (Cambridge University Press, 2007), and has a second book, The Decline of Mercy in Public Life, co-authored with Alex Tuckness, in production at Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2014).  He has published articles in such journals as The Historical Journal, History of Political Thought, International Theory, and the Oxford Review of Education, as well as several book chapters.  He has co-edited two volumes of essays: Manipulating Democracy: Democratic Theory, Political Psychology, and Mass Media (Routledge, 2011) and Damned If You Do: Dilemmas of Action in Literature and Popular Culture (Lexington, 2010).


Foundations of Political Theory

Ancient/Medieval Political Theory
Modern Political Theory
Classical and Christian Political Theory
Ethics of War
Ethics, Politics, and Policy
Political Manipulation
Political Rhetoric
Politics and Film
Punishment and Mercy
Society and Its Discontents
Shakespeare's Political Thought

A.B. William Jewell College
M.Phil. University of Cambridge
M.A. Harvard University 
Ph.D. Harvard University