Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Dept. of History and Political Science, Houghton College
Peter C. Meilaender (B.A., Kenyon College; M.A., Ph.D., Univ. of Notre Dame) is professor of political science and chair of the dept. of history and political science at Houghton College in Houghton, NY. He teaches a wide range of courses in political theory, American politics, public law, and international relations, and he is a regular contributor to the college's interdisciplinary humanities honors program. In 2015 he was a visiting scholar at the Center for Christian Thought at Biola University. The author of Toward a Theory of Immigration (2001), Meilaender's recent research has focused on politics and German literature, especially literature from Switzerland and Austria. He is currently co-editing a collection of essays on the Swiss scholar Peter von Matt and is completing a manuscript on the political thought of the 19th-century Swiss pastor and author Jeremias Gotthelf, in support of which he has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Earhart Foundation. He has also published articles on Charles Sealsfield, Johann Nestroy, and the contemporary dramatist Lukas Bärfuss, as well as Shakespeare and Trollope. A member of both the German Studies Association and the Austrian Studies Association, Meilaender founded and continues to co-direct the GSA's interdisciplinary Swiss Studies Network. His essays on public affairs have appeared in magazines such as The Cresset, First Things, The City, and Christian Reflection.