Michael F. Hickman, PhD

Dr. Hickman completed a B.S. in Psychology from the College of Charleston and a B.S. in Geology from Radford University.  His graduate work includes a Masters of Politics from the University of Dallas, a J.D. from Ave Maria School of Law, and a Ph.D. in Political Theory (2014) from the Catholic University of America. Prior to beginning doctoral work at CUA, he practiced law for five years, mostly in South Carolina. He joined the UMary faculty in 2014. 

His research interests are primarily oriented around the relation between politics and metaphysics.  In his doctoral study, this took the form of an investigation of the thought of 16th century French political theorist Jean Bodin, and the connection between the theory of absolute kingship, sovereignty, and modern ideas of consent. More generally, he is concerned with the question of, "What is the political?" as distinct for example from the merely social.

Although he spends most of his time in the philosophy department, Dr. Hickman also teaches law classes at the University of Mary, is program chair of the Government and Political Philosophy degree, and leads study abroad classes to France.

When not at UMary, he will be found enjoying time with his wife Natalie and their five young children Margaret, Georgia, Forrest, Edward and Thomas. He swims as a duty, plays tennis for fun, and is just short of fanatical about learning French.