Faculty Profile

David Western

Lecturer in Humanities and Political Thought

Mueller Hall Room 128
219-464-5346
David.Western@valpo.edu


Biography

David Western received his BA in Political Science from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and his PhD in Political Science from Brown University. His work focuses on social and political theory, international relations, peace studies and conflict resolution especially addressing the role that empathy ought to play in making and maintaining peace in the world. Western previously taught at Grinnell College, where he was the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies. At Brown University he was awarded the P. Terrence Hopmann Award for Teaching Excellence. Western is currently turning his dissertation – "Power, Justice, Empathy: How and Why Empathy Matters for Peace" – into a book manuscript. He teaches seminars on "King and Gandhi", "Justice" and "Human Rights: Politics, Ethics, Law" as well as the CC Freshman Program and "Interpretation: Self, Culture and Society".