Robert John Burton is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. Within the fields of constitutional law, political theory, and American political thought, his research centers on three themes: religion and liberalism, morality and law, and conscience and citizenship. His dissertation focuses on the latter theme, exploring the role of “conscience” in the political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Robert also conducts research in American political thought more broadly. From 2017-2018, he served as Editorial Intern for American Political Thought: a Journal of Ideas, Institutions, and Culture.

Robert was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. He received an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A., summa cum laude, in English and Politics from Southern Virginia University. In addition to writing and teaching, Robert loves trail running, Victorian literature, and spending time with family.