Professor Joseph F. Kobylka, Ph.D.

Professor Joseph F. Kobylka
  • Southern Methodist University
  • University of Minnesota
American political thought has repeatedly accommodated changing realities, giving the nation a philosophical flexibility to meet the challenges of a changing world.

Dr. Joseph F. Kobylka is Associate Professor of Political Science at Southern Methodist University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. He earned his B.A. in Government and History from Beloit College, graduating magna cum laude, and his Ph.D. in Political Sience from the University of Minnesota. Professor Kobylka has received numerous awards for teaching, including the Golden Mustang Award, M Award, Willis M. Tate Award, Bridge Award, and Deschner Award in Women's Studies, and four Rotunda Outstanding Professor awards. He was also the inaugural recipient of SMU's Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award in 2001, and is a member of the University's Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Professor Kobylka is a leading scholar of political science and is recognized as an expert in American politics, constitutional law, judicial behavior, and American political thought. He is a founding member of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU, and he appeared in a four-part PBS series on the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Kobylka has published more than 20 scholarly articles in political science journals, law reviews, and edited volumes. He also wrote and cowrote three books: The Supreme Court and Legal Change: Abortion and the Death Penalty; Public Interest Law: An Annotated Bibliography; and The Politics of Obscenity: Group Litigation in a Context of Legal Change. He is completing a biography of former U.S. Supreme Court justice Harry A. Blackmun. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, and The Indianapolis Star.

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  1. Cycles of American Political Thought Sale

    Cycles of American Political Thought

    Joseph F. Kobylka
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    Examine a broad survey of American intellectual history in the dynamic course, The American Mind. Discover aspects of the elaborate structure that became modern America, tracing ideas in politics, religion, education, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, literature, social theory, and science—proving that Americans have a much richer intellectual tradition than generally imagined. Continue your fascinating study...
  2. 36 Books That Changed the World Collection

    36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    61% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Since the development of written language, books have played major roles in the world: Entertaining. Instructing. Inspiring. Even changing the course of history. Now, with 36 Books That Changed the World, a fascinating Great Courses Collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, take a riveting tour of the profound impact of books from thousands of years of history and from civilizations around the globe.
  3. (Set) Conservative Tradition & Cycles of American Political Thought  Set

    (Set) Conservative Tradition & Cycles of American Political Thought

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Examine the intricacies of political philosophy with this two-course set delivered by a pair of engaging and informative professors. Discover just how pivotal a role Conservatism has played in defining our political tradition and shaping the modern West with The Conservative Tradition. Then, continue with Cycles of American Political Thought, in which you see how America has, from its birth, been deeply engaged with...
  4. (Set) American Mind & Cycles of American Political Thought  Set on sale

    (Set) American Mind & Cycles of American Political Thought

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    Explore the distinct philosophical views that have shaped—and continue to shape—the United States of America in this illuminating two-course set. First, examine the long-running intellectual debate that helped mold America's institutions and attitudes with The American Mind. Then, in Cycles of American Political Thought, investigate how our nation has, since its birth, deeply engaged with the most...
  5. (Set) Cycles of American Political Thought & The History of the United States, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Cycles of American Political Thought & The History of the United States, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,124.90 Starting at $1,124.90 $1,124.90 $1,124.90$1,124.90
    In Cycles of American Political Thought, learn how the actions and events of history have both affected and been influenced by out nation's underlying political philosophies. Then, use your newfound knowledge of American philosophy to strengthen your grasp of the people, events, and themes in our country's epic history with The History of the United States, 2nd Edition.
  6. (Set) American Mind; Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution; American Ideals: Founding a "Republic of Virtue"; & Cycles of American Political Thought  Set

    (Set) American Mind; Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution; American Ideals: Founding a "Republic of Virtue"; & Cycles of American Political Thought

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.80 Starting at $579.80 $1,149.80 $579.80$1,149.80
    Discover just how powerful and unique America's intellectual history is, with this four-course set. Start with The American Mind, a series of 36 lectures that offers you a broad survey of American intellectual history from the Puritans to the modern day. Then, explore the arguments for and against the new Constitution with The Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution. American Ideals:...
  7. (Set) Modern Political Tradition & American Political Thought Set

    (Set) Modern Political Tradition & American Political Thought

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $419.90 Starting at $419.90 $759.90 $419.90$759.90
  8. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set

    (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Start by exploring 36 revolutionary figures that have changed the course of history. Then, dive into 36 books that have played a central role in shaping our culture – from entertaining and instructing to shaping our social mores.