Ashley Woodiwiss

Ashley Woodiwiss

  • Professor of Political Science and Chair, Department of Government, Criminology, & Sociology
  • Faculty, College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
M 55 Carnell Learning Center

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1989)

M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1984)

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1979)



  • Thomas Beilke and Ashley Woodiwiss, eds. The Re-enchantment of Political Science: Christian Scholars Engage Their Discipline. Lexington Books. 2001 (Reviewed in American Political Science Review, June 2002: 406-407.)


  • "From Tourists to Pilgrims: Christian Practices and the First-Year Experience," in David I Smith & James K.A. Smith, eds. Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith & Learning, Grand Rapids, Ml: Eerdmans Publishing Company), p. 123-139. 2011
  • "John Howard Yoder and a Church-Centered Political Theory," in J. Budziszewski, Evangelicals in the Public Square, (Grand Rapids, Ml: Baker Academic), p. 87-94. 2006
  • "Deliberation or Agony? Towards a Post-liberal Christian Democratic Theory," in Heilke & Woodiwiss (Lexington Books), p. 65-83. 2001
  • "Rawls, religion, and Liberalism." in Heilke & Woodiwiss (Lexington), p. 149-166. 2001
  • "A Post-Modem Critical Augustinian Recovery of Political Judgment" in Peter Lawler and Dale McConkey (eds.), Faith. Reason, and Political Life Today (Lexington), p. 189-207. 2001
  • "Christian Economic Justice and the Impasse in Political Theory" (pp. 112-143) in David P. Gushee, editor, Toward a Just and Caring Society (Baker Books), p. 112-143. 1999


Articles, Reviews, etc.

  • "After the Carnival," The Point Magazine, Winter 2015
  • "Finding Hope in the Strangest Places," SC Statehouse Report July 27, 2012'
  • "What was the most important political event of 2010?" (The Center for Public Justice) 2011
  • "A Real Stocking Stuffer (the blessings of two party competition)" SC Statehouse Report December 24, 2010
  • "The Problem with Pluralism," Capital Commentary (The Center for Public Justice) September 10, 2010
  • "Can I get a Witness?" South Carolina Statehouse Report May 22, 2009
  • "An Experiment Well Worth Trying," South Carolina Statehouse Report October 24, 2008.
  • "Looking for Ways to Expand Bipartisanship," South Carolina Statehouse Report February 29, 2008.
  • "Slavoj Zizek and Philosophy at the End of the World," Books & Culture Nov/Dec, 2006
  • Review: James Heft, S.M. ed. Believing Scholars: Ten Catholic Intellectuals. New York: Fordham University Press, 2005; in Books & Culture July/Aug, 2006.
  • Review: Michael J. Perry, Under God? Religious Faith and Liberal Democracy in Journal of Religion July, 2005
  • "Universities as Sites of Citizenship and Civic Responsibility: Wheaton College" (case study) The Political Psychologist 7: I Spring, 2002
  • "Ecclesial Profiling" in Wake Forest University Journal of Lmv p. 557-570. May, 2001
  • "Democracy Agonistes" in Books and Culture Mar/Apr, 2001.
  • "Do We Really Need a Public Philosophy?" in Books & Culture Jan/Feb, 1997
  • "Slouching Toward November" in Books & Culture. May, 1996.
  • "Religion and Politics in America: A View from the Academy." Briefing Paper for Pew Charitable Trusts, 8 pages March, 1996
  • "Counter-Cultural Christianity and Political Science" in Christians in Political Science Newsletter, Spring, 1996


Papers, Meetings, etc

  • "Theologizing Agonism," paper presented at the 8111 annual Telos Conference, NYU, New York, February 15-16. 2014
  • "Kuyper and the Jesus Phone," plenary address at the Bavinck Institute Annual Conference, Calvin College Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Ml. October 10-14. 2011
  • Roundtable: "Re-visioning Evangelical Political Ethics." American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago. 2007
  • "A Theological Scrutiny of Human Rights Talk," a paper presented at New York University, sponsored by the Veritas Institute, February 8. 2006
  • "Waiting for St. Francis," a paper presented at the Fifth Annual Lilly Fellows Program, Secularity & Globalization: What Comes After Modernity? Calvin College, November I 0-12. 2005
  • "If not Democracy, then What? Investigating the Political Imagination of Radical Orthodoxy," 15 pages. Christians in Political Science. Bethel College. St. Paul, MN. June. 2003
  • "Universities as Sites of Democratic Education," 15 pages. American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco. August 29-September 2. 200 I
  • "Ecclesial Profiling," 20 pages. Religiously Grounded Morality: Its Proper Role in American Law and Public Policy. Wake Forest University School of Law. October 20-21. 2000
  • "Cultivating Christian Citizens for an Agonistic Democracy," 25 pages. Pruitt Memorial Symposium. Baylor University, Waco, Texas. October 28-30. 1999
  • "Political Theory After Liberalism: Deliberative Democracy and/or Postmodern Augustinianism?" 25 pages. Calvin College Spring Faculty Conference. Grand Rapids, Ml. May 27-29 1999
  • "Political Theory After Liberalism: Deliberative Democracy and/or Postmodern Augustinianism?" 20 pages. The Berry College-Oglethorpe University Conference on "Religion, Politics & Society." Rome, Georgia. March 9. 1999
  • "Ecclesiocentrism: New Directions in Christian Political Thought," 25 pages. Part of organized panel - "New Horizons in Christian Political Science." American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, Sept. 3-6. 1998
  • "The City of God as Narrated Peace: Augustine and Political Judgment," 25 pages. International Society for the Study of European Ideas. University of Haifa, Israel, August. 1998.
  • "Augustine and Political Judgment," 20 pages. Southwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Corpus Christi, TX, March 18-21. 1998
  • "Rawls, Religion & Liberalism," 23 pages. Michigan Political Science Association. 28th Annual Meeting. Detroit. 1996.
  • "Religion as a Source of Political Change and Reaction: a View from Romania," 18 pages. American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C. 1991



  • 2018-2019. Author and Project Director of “Achieving the Promise: Democracy and the Informed Citizen.” Funded by S.C. Humanities.
  • 2016-2017. Author and Project Director of “Vocational Enrichment Renewal Grant.” Funded by Council of Independent Colleges.
  • 2014-2015. Author and Project Director of “Flourishing and Vocational Excellence.” Funded by Council of Independent Colleges.