Ruth W. Grant

Ruth W. Grant

Professor of Philosophy

Contact Information
140 Science Drive, 210G Gross, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
(919) 660-4300


Ruth Grant is a Professor of Political Science at Duke University, specializing in political theory with a particular interest in early modern philosophy and political ethics. She is the author of John Locke's Liberalism and of Hypocrisy and Integrity: Machiavelli, Rousseau and the Ethics of Politics.  Her most recent book is Strings Attached: Untangling the Ethics of Incentives. She is also the editor of two collections of essays; Naming Evil, Judging Evil and In Search of Goodness. Her work originally focused on the historical study of liberal thought and has moved increasingly toward contemporary ethics. Her articles have appeared in a variety of journals including APSR, Political Theory, Journal of Politics, and Politics and Society. She has received fellowship awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center, and the Russell Sage Foundation, and a teaching award from Duke University.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 1984

  • M.A., University of Chicago 1975

  • B.A., University of Chicago 1971

Grant, R. W. “Political theory, political science, and politics.” Political Theory 30, no. 4 (January 1, 2002): 577–95. Full Text

Grant, Ruth W., and Philip Stewart, eds. “Rousseau and the Ancients,” 2001.

Grant, R. W. “Review of Nomos XL: Integrity and Conscience (Ian Shapiro and Robert Adams, eds.).” American Political Science Review, September 1999.

Grant, R. W. “The ethics of talk: Classroom conversation and democratic politics.” Teachers College Record 97, no. 3 (March 1, 1996): 470–82.

Grant, R. W., and M. Orr. “Language, Race and Politics: From “Black” to “African-American”.” Politics &Amp; Society 24, no. 2 (January 1, 1996): 137–52. Full Text

GRANT, R. U. T. H. W. “Integrity and Politics.” Political Theory 22, no. 3 (August 1994): 414–43. Full Text

Aldrich, John H., and Ruth W. Grant. “The Antifederalists, the First Congress, and the First Parties.” The Journal of Politics 55, no. 2 (May 1993): 295–326. Full Text

Grant, R. W. “The Exclusionary Rule and the Meaning of Separation of Powers.” Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 14, no. 1 (December 1991).

Grant, Ruth W. “Locke's Political Anthropology and Lockean Individualism.” The Journal of Politics 50, no. 1 (February 1988): 42–63. Full Text

Grant, R. W., and S. Kautz. “Review of Interpretation and Social Criticism by Michael Walzer.” Journal of Politics 50, no. 1 (February 1988): 259–62. Full Text