Christopher Hallenbrook, Ph.D.

Christopher Hallenbrook, Ph.D.

Instructor, Department of Political Science
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Christopher Hallenbrook

Christopher R. Hallenbrook is an Instructor in Political Science at Bloomsburg University. He received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis. His dissertation, “Constrained Absolutism: The Power to Protect, the Rights of Subjects and the Duties of Sovereignty in Hobbes’s Political Thought,” was supported by a grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation and presents a reevaluation of the conditionality of political obligation in Hobbes’s system. Dr. Hallenbrook argues that most accounts of Hobbes have too narrow a conception of the protection that obligation is conditional on. On his interpretation Hobbes presents a robust conception of protection that increases the range of circumstances in which protection fails and obligation ceases. This dynamic demonstrates that both the rights of subjects and duties of sovereigns are both broader and of greater significance that has typically been realized. He has published his research in the Review of Politics and presented it at meetings of the Association for Political Theory, the American Political Science Association, and the Midwest Political Science Association.

At Bloomsburg he teaches courses in both political theory and American politics. He teaches introductory political theory courses as well as advanced courses on the social contract tradition and American political thought. These courses touch on a variety of thinkers including Plato, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hume, Rawls, Okin, Sandel, and Kymlicka. In his introductory American government courses he seeks to combine descriptive elements of how American government works with an in depth analysis of how human motivation and institutional incentives influence behavior and shape political outcomes.


B.A. – Bridgewater State University

M.A. – University of California, Davis

Ph.D. – University of California, Davis

Research Interests

Political obligation, natural right, Thomas Hobbes, early modern Anglo-American world