Michael F. Hickman, PhD
Dr. Hickman completed a Ph.D. in Political Theory at the Catholic University of America in 2014. Prior to beginning doctoral work, he practiced law for five years in South Carolina and Washington, DC. Other degrees include a J.D. from Ave Maria School of Law, a Master of Politics from the University of Dallas, a B.S. in Geology from Radford University, and a B.S. in Psychology from the College of Charleston. Hickman joined the UMary faculty in 2014.
His research interests are primarily oriented toward 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, specifically the connection between the theory of absolute kingship, sovereignty, and modern ideas of consent. Recently, he has written on the question "What is political?"
Dr. Hickman is Chair of the Politics Program but also teaches philosophy and law classes at the University of Mary. He has participated in the creation of several study abroad trips and loves to travel.
When not at UMary, he will be found spending time with his wife Natalie and their six young children Margaret, Georgia, Forrest, Edward, Thomas and Rachel. He enjoys languages, is fluent in French and is currently trying his hand at Russian.