Joshua Bowman

Assistant Professor of Political Science
PhD, Catholic University of America
BA, Lee University

Dr. Bowman is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and teaches courses in American politics, political philosophy, and law.

Before coming to Heidelberg, Dr. Bowman served as a Post-doctoral fellow at the Eric Voegelin Institute of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (2016-2018). He completed his M.A./PhD in Politics at the Catholic University of America (2016) in Washington, DC and his B.A. in Political Science at Lee University (2008) in Cleveland, TN.

Dr. Bowman's scholarly research focuses on the history of political thought and the intersection of religion and imagination with politics, especially as it pertains to environmental issues. His first book, Imagination and Environmental Politics: the Aftermath of Thoreau was published in 2018 by Lexington Books.

At Heidelberg, Dr. Bowman currently serves as the coordinator of the Faculty Research Symposium, co-chair of the Lichtman-Behm Genocide Lecture Series, Legal Studies advisor, a member of the IRB, as a faculty marshal, and as a faculty advisor to Pi Sigma Alpha, Cru, and College Republicans and Libertarians.

In addition to teaching and writing, Dr. Bowman is the Vice President of the Ciceronian Society, and formerly served as Communications Director for Christians in Political Science and as the editor of ANAMNESIS. He is a past recipient of the Salvatori and Weaver Fellowships from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, as well as a former fellow with the Russell Kirk Center.

When “spare time” can be found, he enjoys just being with his wife and kids in NW Ohio and in his home state of Michigan. Dr. Bowman also enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping. He is an avid reader of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, a connoisseur of chocolate chip cookies, and an unapologetic bibliophile.

Courses Taught

Intro to Politics and Government
American National Government
Parties, Elections, and Interest Groups
The American Presidency
Supreme Court and Judicial Process
American Political Culture
Intro to Political Philosophy
Constitutional Law I: Powers and Structure
Constitutional Law II: Rights and Liberties
Research Methods
History and Political Science Capstone
Imagination and Politics (Honors Course)


American politics and political development, history of Western political thought, environmental politics, religion and politics, role of imagination

Research Interests

Environmental political thought, history of Christian political thought, imagination and politics

Joshua Bowman
Joshua Bowman
Pfleiderer Hall 112
jbowman2 [at]