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Sternberg Professorship Recipient: Dr. James Stoner

The LSU Honors College is proud to announce Professor James R. Stoner, Jr. (Ph.D., Harvard University) as the 2010 recipient of the Honors College Sternberg Professorship. Named in Honor of Lea Sternberg, former co-owner of Baton Rouge based Goudchaux’s/Masion Blanche, the Sternberg Professorship is the most prestigious award given to faculty by the Honors College.

Dr. James Stoner, Recipient of the Sternberg Professorship

As the current head of LSU’s Political Science Department, Dr. Stoner specializes in political theory, English common law and American constitutionalism.  He is the author of Common-Law Liberty: Rethinking American Constitutionalism (Kansas, 2003) and Common Law and Liberal Theory: Coke, Hobbes, and The Origins of American Constitutionalism (Kansas, 1992), as well as numerous articles and essays focusing on the political arena.  In addition to researching American political thought and political development, he continues to work on a book tentatively titled Resisting Judicial Supremacy, and on a study of the political and constitutional thought of St. Thomas More. 

Dr. Stoner has taught at LSU since 1988 and has chaired the Department of Political Science since 2007.  When asked to comment on the receipt of this award he said,

“I’m very honored to have been chosen Sternberg Professor for the coming year, both because of the donors’ longstanding and generous support of the Honors College at LSU, and because previous occupants of the chair include faculty who modeled for me what devotion to learning and excellence in instruction really mean.”

Dr. Nancy Clark, Honors College Dean also said that she is, “very excited to have this outstanding professor on board. He has shown incredible dedication to the Honors College for over 15 years and we are privileged to have him."