Professor Darren Walhof
Department of Political Science
1126 AuSable Hall
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401
Ph.D., University of Minnesota.
B.A., Calvin College.
Professor, Political Science, Grand Valley State University, 2014-
Senior Fellow, Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Religion and Politics, Calvin College, 2016-2017.
Visiting Professor, Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto, 2010.
Associate Professor, Political Science, Grand Valley State University, 2007-2014.
Assistant Professor, Political Science, Grand Valley State University, 2003-2007.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2001-2003.
Fields: political theory, religion and politics, constitutional law
PLS 206 American Constitutional Foundations
PLS 232 Modern Political Thought
PLS 333 Contemporary Political Thought
PLS 337 American Political Thought
University Outstanding Teacher Award, Grand Valley State University.
Pew Teaching Excellence Award, Grand Valley State University.
Student Award for Faculty Excellence, Grand Valley Student Senate.
Outstanding Teaching in Political Science. American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha.
The Democratic Theory of Hans-Georg Gadamer, Palgrave-Macmillan (2017)
“Exposure and Disclosure: The Risk of Hermeneutical Truth in Democratic Politics,” Truth Matters: Knowledge, Politics, Ethics, Religion, edited by Lambert Zuidervaart et al, McGill-Queen’s University Press (2014).
“Habermas, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Problem of Religion in Public Life,” Philosophy & Social Criticism 39.3 (2013).
“Beyond Disentanglement: the Politics of Reconstructing Religion and Superstition in Calvin's Geneva,” Il Pensiero Politico: Rivista di Distoria delle Idee Politiche e Sociali 43.3 (2010).
“Politics, Religion, and the Spaces of Secularity,” Fides et Historia 40.2 (2008).
“The Force of Tradition and the History of Political Thought,” Fides et Historia 39.1 (2007).
“Friendship, Otherness, and Gadamer’s Politics of Solidarity,” Political Theory 34.5 (2006).
“Bringing the Deliberative Back In: Gadamer on Conversation and Understanding,”Contemporary Political Theory 4.2 (2005).
“The Accusations of Conscience and the Christian Polity in John Calvin’s Political Thought,” History of Political Thought 24.3 (2003): 397-414.
The Invention of Religion: Rethinking Belief in Politics and History, Rutgers University Press, 2002. Co-edited with Derek Peterson.
Derek Peterson and Darren Walhof, “Rethinking Religion,” in The Invention of Religion: Rethinking Belief in Politics and History, Rutgers University Press, 2002.
“Compromise among LGBT Rights and Religious Liberty Activists in the U.S.,” Putting Truth in the Second Place: On Compromise, Religion and Politics, Copenhagen, Denmark, December 6-7, 2016.
“Affect in Dialogue and Solidarity,” North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics, College Station, Texas, September 29-October 1, 2016.
“Postsecular Religion and the Right to Exclude: Redefining Religious Liberty,” Association for Political Theory Conference, Boulder, Colorado, October 22-25, 2015.
“Affect and Understanding in Hermeneutical Solidarity,” American Political Science Association annual meeting, San Francisco, California, September 3-6, 2015.
“Iterating Rights Claims and Confronting Sovereignty,” American Political Science Association annual meeting, Chicago, Illinois, August 29-31, 2013.
“Public Justice, Not Public Reason: Religion and the Ethics of Democratic Citizenship,” Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, March 22-25, 2012.
“Democratic Legitimacy, Religious Reasons, and the Debate over Marriage,” Current Trends in American Politics and Public Life, Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, November 9, 2011.
“The Rhetorical Turn: Deliberate or Deliberative Democracy?" Western Political Science Association, San Antonio, Texas, April 21-23, 2011.