Philip J. Harold, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science (Social Sciences)
Associate Dean, School of Informatics, Humanities and Social Sciences (School of Informatics, Humanities and Social Sci.)
412-397-5417 phone (M)
412-397-6044 fax
Wheatley Center 308

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Politics, The Catholic University of America, 2004

Professional Background

  • Interim Dean, School of Education and Social Sciences, Robert Morris University, 2018-19
  • Co-Director, University Honors Program, Robert Morris University, 2008-2018
  • Fulbright Researcher, Katholische Universitaet, Eichstaett, Germany, 2010

Area of Expertise/Research

  • Modern Political Theory
  • American Politics


  • Co-Authored with Tony Kerzmann, “Raised Awareness of Fracking in Pennsylvania,” Commonwealth: A Journal of Pennsylvania Politics and Policy  Vol 19, No 1 (2017), 33-47.  
  • Translation of "Das bessere Leben: Zur ökonomischen Dimension moralischer Verantwortung" by Walter Schweidler, “A Better Life: On the Economic Dimension of Moral Responsibility,” Journal of Markets & Morality, Vol. 15, Issue 1 (Spring 2012), 103-115.
  • “Valori o responsabilità nella politica e nella società” in L'amore principio di vita sociale.  Edited by Juan José Pérez-Soba and Marija Magdic.  Rome: Edizioni Cantagalli, 2011.  271-290. 
  • Prophetic Politics, Athens: Ohio University Press, 2009.


  • 2017 - "Towards a Fair Interpretation of the Honors Thesis across Disciplines," Annual Conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Atlanta.
  • 2017 - "The Concept of `Value' in Political Rhetoric," Midwest Political Science Association Annual 2017 Annual Conference, Chicago.
  • 2017 - "Co-Teaching in the Classroom," 78th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association, Robert Morris University.
  • 2015 - "Werte oder Solidaritat in der gemeinwohlorientierten Bildung," Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlesruhe, Germany.
  • 2013 - "Lotze on Values and Validity," A Century of Anglophone Phenomenology: Winthrop Bell and his Milieu, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.
  • 2012 - "Values or the Common Good," 8th Annual Graduate Conference in Political Science, International Relations, & Public Policy, The Hebrew University, Mount Scopus Campus, Jerusalem.
  • 2012 - "The Core of Personhood: Vulnerability, Responsibility, Individuality," Encountering Vulnerability: Courage, Hope, and Trust in the 21st Century, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana.
  • 2012 - "The Co-Leadership Model," panel presentation at the National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Conference, Boston.
  • 2011 - "Building an Honors Culture: The First-Year Experience at Alfred University and Robert Morris University," Annual Conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • 2011 - "Intersections: Hosting a Multi-University, Hybrid Undergraduate Research Conference Using Video-Conferencing Technology," Annual Conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • 2010 - "Levinas on Philosophy as Prophetic Politics," Readings of Difficult Freedom, Toulouse, France.