Gladden J. Pappin is assistant professor of politics at the University of Dallas, deputy editor of American Affairs, and permanent research fellow and senior adviser of the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame. He is a 2017 member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and a member of the Osage Nation.
His research areas include contemporary politics and the roots of modern politics, the role of novelty, innovation and technology in political life, and ecclesiastical politics. His articles and reviews appear in History of Political Thought, the Review of Metaphysics, Perspectives on Political Science, Comunicazioni sociali, Modern Age, the Intercollegiate Review, the Claremont Review of Books, First Things, the Journal of Markets and Morality, and elsewhere.
He has been a visiting scholar at the Centre d'études du Saulchoir (summer 2016/17) and has received fellowships from the Charles Koch Foundation (2016–2017), the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture (2014–2017), the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (2013), Harvard's Program on Constitutional Government (2012–2013) and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2005–2012), the Earhart Foundation (2010–2011), the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (2009–2010), and the Osage Tribal Nation (2000–2004). He has been a lecturer in political science at the College of the Holy Cross and at the University of Notre Dame, and has been a concurrent assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School.
He received his Ph.D. in government (2012) and A.B. magna cum laude in history (2004), both from Harvard, where his undergraduate thesis on the prehistory of modern rights theories won the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize. After college he worked at the Citigroup Private Bank, and also as an instructor at a private school in Ohio. He was born in St. Louis.