Alex Tuckness receives named faculty fellowship

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Alex Tuckness, professor of political science in Iowa State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named a Whitaker-Lindgren Faculty Fellow.

Tuckness’ research focuses on the history of political philosophy and its implications for contemporary issues. He examines the interconnections between past ideas and current political debates, exploring topics such as toleration, mercy, punishment, humanitarian intervention, ethics and public service, and revolutions.

Tuckness has authored numerous books and book chapters. His latest book is titled, “Morality as Legislation: Rules and Consequences,” and will be published later this year by Cambridge University Press. He is also initiating a new project that delves into the history of what has been morally permissible during war and comparing it to what is considered morally permissible in today’s politics.

Tuckness considers the fellowship a great honor, and he is grateful for the opportunities the award will afford him.

“My approach to political science, as a political theorist, is different from more empirical approaches and funding is harder to find,” he said. “It means a lot that this fellowship shows that Iowa State values the full range of approaches to political science.”

The Whitaker-Lindgren Faculty Fellowship in Political Science is possible through the generous donation of Mary Whitaker-Lindgren and Douglas Lindgren, long-time supporters of Iowa State’s Department of Political Science. Faculty recipients must use the funds to advance and disseminate research that positively impacts the political science department and its students.