John Lombardini (Ph.D. Princeton University) is the Weingartner Professor for the 2018-19 through the 2020-21 years. He serves as Associate Professor of Government and Affiliate Faculty in Classical Studies, and is co-chair (with Drew Stelljes) of the Civic Scholars Project. His research is focused in the field of democratic theory, broadly construed, with a particular interest in the question of democratic authority and its place within modern representative institutions.
As co-chair of the Civic Scholars Project, he is currently working with undergraduate students to address the question: “what kinds of leadership, civic engagement, and civically-minded scholarship do we need to reinvigorate our democratic virtues, practices, and institutions?” The project provides students with the opportunity to conduct original research that bridges the worlds of academic study and civic engagement. It further aims at connecting William & Mary students with their peers at other academic institutions in order to address big global issues in their regional, national, and international manifestations.
Weingartner Student Fellows