Gladden J. Pappin is a postdoctoral fellow in the Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard University, and a visiting lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the College of the Holy Cross. He writes primarily about the roots of modern politics and economics in the drive for novelty and innovation, and in the extension of technology. He has presented his work at Yale, the University of Virginia and other universities, and regularly presents at political science conferences. His writings appear in the Intercollegiate Review, Modern Age, Perspectives on Political Science, the Journal of Markets and Morality, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard, the Earhart Foundation, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Osage Tribal Nation. His interests range broadly in political philosophy, modern social thought and technology studies, and in theology. He has been a tutorial leader in American constitutionalism and modern democracy, and a teaching fellow in courses covering intellectual history, political philosophy and literature from antiquity to the present day. He also sings in a choir specializing in Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony. Prior to his time in the government department, he worked at the Citigroup Private Bank, and also as a consultant and instructor at a private school in Ohio. He received his A.B. in history magna cum laude from Harvard in 2004. His thesis on the prehistory of modern rights theories received summa cum laude designation and won the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize. He was born in St. Louis, where his family settled in the 1760s.