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Brian R. Duff, Ph.D
Associate Professor


Brian Duff received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. He is the author of The Parent as Citizen, (The University of Minnesota Press). He has also published research on feminist theory, voting, and the politics of race and ethnicity.


Modern political theory; issues regarding the family and politics; the role of ideas about children in politics; American elections; public opinion; feminism; politics of race and ethnicity; patriotism.

Research and Scholarship

Research Interests

The family and politics; the role of ideas about children in politics; politics of race and ethnicity; patriotism, American elections; public opinion, political theory.

Current Research or Scholarship

My first book explores the way ideas about parenthood have influenced the development of the concept of citizenship in modern democracies. I continue to do research regarding ideas about family and parenthood in American politics.  I do this through the critical examination of public policy, engagements with political theory, and the examination of public opinion data about ideas about parenthood and children affect political attitudes and behavior. I also have an ongoing project examining new ways to understand who votes and who does not in America.  I also publish research on the role of ideas about sexuality in masculine and feminine identity.

Selected Publications

Duff-preliminary-coverThe Parent as Citizen: A Democratic Dilemma.  (Book manuscript).  The University of Minnesota Press.  2011.

“Confession, Sexuality and Sacred Language: A reading of MacKinnon and Foucault.”  Forthcoming Sexualities 13:2, 2010.

“The Pragmatics of Parenthood: Rorty and West on the Politics of the Family.”   Ethics & Politics (Etica & Politica).  12:1, 2010.  

"The Inertia of Sex: Henry Adams on Family and the Politics of Unconditional Love."  The Journal of Family History (July 2010; Vol. 35, No. 3).

“On Gardens and Politics,” with Maria Rosales, in Beneath the Pavement, A Garden.  Amy Franceschini ed.  London: Loughborough University Press.  Forthcoming 2011.

“‘The Pleasures Associated with the Reproduction of Men:’ Rousseau on Desire and the Child” in Mark Blackell, John Duncan and Simon Kow, eds. Rousseau and Desire.  University of Toronto Press, 2009.

“Good Excuses: Understanding Who Votes With an Improved Turnout Question” (with Mike Hanmer, Won-Ho Park and Ismail White).  Public Opinion Quarterly 71:1, 2007.

“The Meaning of American National Identity: Patterns of Ethnic Conflict and Consensus” (with Jack Citrin and Cara Wong).  In Richard D. Ashmore and Lee Jussim, eds. Social Identity, Intergroup Conflict, and Conflict Reduction.  New York: Oxford University Press.  2002.

Student Opportunities: Yes