Robert John Burton

Robert John Burton

Fields of Study: Constitutional Studies, Political Theory


Areas of interest: Early Modern Political Theory, American Political Thought, American and Comparative Constitutional Law, Philosophy of Law, Constitutional Theory and Interpretation, Religion and Politics, Literature and Politics

Robert John Burton is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. Within the fields of constitutional law, American political thought, and political theory, his research centers on three relationships: religion and liberalism, morality and law, and conscience and citizenship. His dissertation focuses on the latter theme, exploring the epistemology and politics of “conscience” in the political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Robert also conducts research in American political thought, particularly the American Founding. From 2017-2018, he served as an Editorial Intern for American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture.

Robert founded and directed the Liber Youth Retreat, a non-profit dedicated to teaching principle-centered leadership to youth through the liberal arts. In this capacity, he has extensive experience using simulated learning scenarios for didactic purposes (e.g. mock trials, U.N. summits, etc.). 

Robert was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. He received an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in English and Politics from Southern Virginia University. In addition to writing and teaching, Robert loves trail running, Victorian literature, and spending time with family.