Thomas Bunting PhD


Thomas Bunting is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Social Sciences Department at Shawnee State University.

Thomas is a Mid-Michigan native and completed his undergraduate studies in the James Madison College at Michigan State University, majoring in political theory and constitutional democracy. He completed his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning his Ph.D. in political science while studying political theory and American politics. His research and teaching interests include ancient political thought, continental philosophy, democratic theory, agonistic theory, and the intersection between sport and politics.

Outside of the classroom, Thomas is a dog owner, music enthusiast, runner, and baseball fan.


  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Ph.D. in Political Science, 2017

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

    M.A. in Political Science, 2012

  • Michigan State University

    B.A. in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy


  • "A Bible, an Ax and a Tablet: Tocqueville's Newspapers and Everyday Political Discourse in a Digital Age" (Perspectives on Political Science, Vol. 46, Issue 4, 2017)
  • "Sportsmanship and Politics: Xenophon, ΠΟΝΟΣ, and Democratic Competition" (co-author with Richard Avramenko, Forthcoming at Perspectives on Political Science, available online since July 2017)

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