Professor Darren Walhof

Darren Walhof

Professor Darren Walhof
Department of Political Science
1126 AuSable Hall                                          
Grand Valley State University 
1 Campus Drive 
Allendale, MI 49401 
(616) 331-2320

Ph.D., University of Minnesota.
B.A., Calvin College.

Academic Appointments
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

Teaching Awards
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.

Recent Publications
"Phronesis and Solidarity: Democratic Politics,” in The Cambridge Companion to Gadamer, 2nd edition, edited by Robert Dostal (Cambridge University Press, 2021).
“Gadamer’s Contribution to Political Theory,” in The Gadamerian Mind, edited by Theodore George and Gert-Jan van der Heiden (New York: Routledge, 2021).
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.

Recent Presentations 
“'Whispering Their Thoughts in the Recesses of Their Homes': Religious Liberty, Same-sex Marriage, and the Bigotry Anxiety,” American Political Science Association, Boston, August 30 - September 2, 2018.
“Providing Sanctuary, Promoting the Brand: Contemporary Religious Liberty Claims in Commerce,” Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 4-6, 2018.
“Commercial Piety, Political Agency, Religious Identity,” Association for Political Theory Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan, October 12-14, 2017.
“Hermeneutics and Democracy,” North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics, Baltimore, Maryland, September 14-16, 2017.
“Religious Traditions, Civic Friendship, and Compromise in Uncompromising Times,” Canadian Hermeneutic Institute, Calgary, Alberta, June 7-9, 2017.
“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.