Joseph Postell, Ph.D.

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Joseph Postell is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he teaches courses on American political institutions, American political thought, and administrative law. His research focuses primarily on regulation, administrative law, and the administrative state. He is the editor of two books: Rediscovering Political Economy  (with Bradley C.S. Watson) and Toward an American Conservatism (with Johnathan O'Neill).  He is currently completing a book titled Bureaucracy in America: The Administrative State and American Constitutionalism (under contract).  He also contributes frequently to the Liberty Fund's "Library of Law and Liberty" website on political and legal thought. 


UCCS Political Science Department


Ph.D., University of Dallas, 2010
M.A., University of Dallas, 2004
B.A., Ashland University, 2001

Academic Publications (published and in progress)

Bureaucracy in America: The Administrative State and American Constitutionalism (under contract).

"Regulation during the American Founding: Achieving Liberalism and Republicanism," American Political Thought (forthcoming; in press).

"Judge Not," The Review of Politics 76, no. 3 (2014): 530-33.

Toward an American Conservatism: Constitutional Conservatism during the Progressive Era, ed. Joseph Postell and Johnathan O'Neill (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

"Roaring against Progressivism: The Principled Conservatism of Calvin Coolidge," in Toward an American Conservatism: 181-208.

"Progressive or Postmodern? The Use and Disadvantage of 'Founders Versus Progressives,'" Perspectives on Political Science 42, no. 4 (2013): 233-241.

"Of Experts and Angels," Claremont Review of Books, vol. 13, no. 1 (Winter 2012/13): 29-30.

"The Anti-New Deal Progressive: Roscoe Pound's Alternative Administrative State," The Review of Politics 74, no. 1 (2012): 53-85.

"The Incredible Shrinking Presidency," Claremont Review of Books, vol. 11, no. 4 (Fall 2011): 56-57.

Rediscovering Political Economy, ed. Joseph Postell and Bradley C.S. Watson (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2011).

"The Right Kind of Regulation: How the Founders thought about Regulation," in Rediscovering Political Economy: 209-230.

"A Czar is Born," Claremont Review of Books, vol. 10, no. 4 (Fall 2010): 26-31.

"Regulation, Administration, and the Rule of Law in the Early Republic," in Freedom and the Rule of Law, ed. Anthony A. Peacock (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010): 41-70.


PSC 2500 - Introduction to Political Inquiry
PSC 3030 - American Political Parties
PSC 4390 - The U.S. Presidency
PSC 4020 - The U.S. Congress
PSC 4460 - Administrative Law
PSC 4890 - Special Topics: Modern American Political Thought
PSC 4890 - Special Topics: The Federalist Papers