James W. Muller

Department of Political Science
SSB 358

(907) 786-4740


  • Ph.D. and A.M., Political Science, Harvard University, 1982
    • Dissertation: "Liberty in the Political Philosophy of Montesquieu: Considerations on England and Rome"
  • Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris), 1974
  • Government, Harvard College, 1973
    • Magna cum laude


“Politics and Philosophy in Tocqueville’s Souvenirs,” The Intercollegiate Review, vol. 10, no. 1 (winter 1975), pp. 33-44.

“Thinking about Liberalism” (review of Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr., The Spirit of Liberalism), The Harvard Political Review, vol. 7, no. 3 (spring 1979), pp. 36-38.

“Harpies and Half-Portions: P. G. Wodehouse on the Women’s Question,” The Claremont Review of Books, vol. 3, no. 4 (winter 1984), pp. 12-14; reprinted in The Cambridge

Review, vol. 117, no. 2327 (May 1996), pp. 49-56; in The World & I, vol. 14, no. 1 (January 1999), pp. 328-41; and in Plum Lines, vol. 18, no. 1 (spring 1999), pp. 1-9.

“‘A Kind of Dignity and Even Nobility’: Winston Churchill’s Thoughts and Adventures,” The Political Science Reviewer, vol. 16 (1986), pp. 281-315.

Editor, The Revival of Constitutionalism (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1988): author of introduction and chapter 5, “The American Framers’ Debt to Montesquieu,” pp. 1-7, 87-102.

“‘A Good Englishman’: Politics and War in Churchill’s Life of Marlborough,” The Political Science Reviewer, vol. 18 (1988), pp. 85-125.

“War on the Nile: Winston Churchill and the Reconquest of the Sudan,” The Political Science Reviewer, vol. 20 (1991), pp. 223-63.

“Imperialism as the Highest Stage of Civilization” (review of Kirk Emmert, Winston S. Churchill on Empire), The Review of Politics, vol. 53, no. 3 (summer 1991), pp. 580-82.

“Collingwood’s Embattled Liberalism” (review of R. G. Collingwood, Essays in Political Philosophy), Interpretation, vol. 20, no. 1 (fall 1992), pp. 63-80.

“Establishmentarian” (review of Kai Bird, The Chairman: John J. McCloy—The Making of the American Establishment), Commentary, vol. 94, no. 3 (September 1992), pp. 58-60.

“Churchill’s Literary Canon” (review of Keith Alldritt, Churchill the Writer: His Life as a Man of Letters), Finest Hour, no. 77 (fourth quarter 1992), pp. 30-32.

“Churchill’s Political Philosophy” (review of Manfred Weidhorn, A Harmony of Interests: Explorations in the Mind of Sir Winston Churchill), Finest Hour, no. 80 (third quarter 1993), pp. 33-35.

“Churchill the Writer,” The Wilson Quarterly, vol. 18, no. 1 (winter 1994), pp. 38-48; reprinted in a supplement entitled “Essays in Biography: The Best of the WQ” (1995), pp. 23-33.

“A Conservative’s Quandary” (review of Bruce Frohnen, Virtue and the Promise of Conservatism: The Legacy of Burke and Tocqueville), Social Science Quarterly, vol. 75, no. 4 (December 1994), pp. 898-99.

“Genius & Plod” (review of Martin Gilbert, In Search of Churchill: A Historian’s Journey), Commentary, vol. 100, no. 6 (December 1995), pp. 66-68.

Editor, Churchill as Peacemaker (New York: Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Cambridge University Press, 1997; paperback 2002): author of preface, introduction, and chapter 6, “The Aftermath of the Great War,” pp. xi-xii, 1-5, 153-85.

“‘Backward and Precocious’: Winston Churchill at School,” The World & I, vol. 12, no. 12 (December 1997), pp. 290-317; reprinted as “Winston Churchill at School” in Morton A. Kaplan, ed., Character and Identity: Sociological Foundations of Literary and Historical Perspectives (St. Paul: Paragon House Publishers, 2000), pp. 83-111.

Foreword to Richard M. Langworth, A Connoisseur’s Guide to the Books of Sir Winston Churchill (London: Brassey’s, 1998), pp. vii-viii.

“Merry Anecdotage” (review of Anthony Montague Browne, Long Sunset: Memoirs of Winston Churchill’s Last Private Secretary), Albion, vol. 30, no. 2 (summer 1998), pp. 374-75.

Editor, Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” Speech Fifty Years Later (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1999): author of preface, pp. xi-xv.

“The Dialogue of an Exceptional Pair” (review of Mary Soames, ed., Winston and Clementine: The Personal Letters of the Churchills), Albion, vol. 32, no. 2 (summer 2000), pp. 370-71.

“Churchill’s Understanding of Politics,” in Mark Blitz and William Kristol, eds., Educating the Prince: Essays in Honor of Harvey Mansfield (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2000), pp. 291-305.

“The Political Economy of Republicanism,” in David W. Carrithers and Patrick Coleman, eds., Montesquieu and the Spirit of Modernity (Oxford: Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, 2002), pp. 61-75.

Editor, Winston Spencer Churchill, The River War: An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan, 2 vols. (South Bend, Indiana: St. Augustine’s Press, forthcoming 2003): author of introduction and critical notes.

Career History/Work Experience

  • 1993-present, Professor of Political Science, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • 1988-93, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • 1986-88, 1996-98, 2000-02, Chairman, Department of Political Science
  • 1983-88, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • 1983-84, White House Fellow, U.S. Department of Education
  • 1981-83, Instructor in Government, Franklin and Marshall College
  • 1976-81, Teaching Fellow, Harvard University
  • 1973-74, Consultant, Hudson Research Europe (Paris) and Hudson Institute (Croton, New York)