Thomas Powers teaches Constitutional Law, Law and Society, and Religion and Politics at Carthage. He has written on a variety of topics exploring the relationship between law and political theory. He is the author of “American Multiculturalism and the Anti-Discrimination Regime” (2023, St. Augustine’s Press) and has written on the religion clauses of the First Amendment and civil liberties and the war on terror. He is chair of the Political Science Department and Carthage College’s pre-law coordinator.
Prof. Powers joined the Carthage faculty in 2008. He was previously an assistant professor of political science at the University of Minnesota-Duluth from 2001 to 2008 and, before that, an instructor in political science at the University of Toronto. He earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago in 1984, then served four years as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army before earning a master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto.
- Ph.D. — Political Science, University of Toronto
- M.A. — Political Science, University of Toronto
- B.A. — Political Science, University of Chicago
- POL 1910 Law and Society
- POL 3270 Religion and Politics in the United States
- POL 3910 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
- POL 3920 Constitutional Law and the Separation of Powers
- COR 1200 Intellectual Foundations