Meet the New Faculty: Dr. Justin Garrison in Public Affairs

by roanokecollege on January 18, 2014

Dr. Justin Garrison is an Assistant Professor of Public Affairs teaching Introduction to Political Science, American Political
Theory, Western Political Theory, and American Political Institutions, as well as INQ courses at the 200 and 300 levels. Dr. Garrison has his Ph.D. and M.A. in Politics and his B.A. in History R/IAP and Russian Studies. His fields are in Political Theory and American Politics with a specialty in Politics and the Imagination.

Dr. Justin Garrison

Dr. Justin Garrison


1. Tell us a little bit about your research.

One of my main research concerns is the relationship between politics and the imagination (intuition). In other words, I study how unified, pre-conceptual visions of politics and reality are held together in the imaginations of particular philosophers, political figures, and artists. This interest is reflected in my recent research on Ronald Reagan and the novel Fight Club.

2. What attracted you to Roanoke College?

I was attracted to Roanoke College for a number of reasons, but two stand out in my mind as the most important. First, the people here at the College, that is, the faculty, staff, and students, are both friendly and intelligent. Second, the College and the broader Roanoke area are beautiful. Seeing mountains on my drive to and from the College every day is a welcome change from the flat, paved everything of the Washington, D.C. area.

3. What do you do when you’re not at work?

When I am not working, I like to do creative writing. I enjoy watching movies and TV, and I like to listen to and play music.

If you see Dr. Garrison on campus, please welcome him to Roanoke College!

Previous post:

Next post: