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Scott Yenor

Scott Yenor, Political Science, studio portraitProfessor
Department of Political Science

Contact Information

Phone: 208.426.1458
Office: ERB5149
Mail Stop: 1935

Dr Yenor’s CV: Click Here

Office Hours: Fall 2014
Mon 8:00 – 9:00 am, 12:00-1:15 pm We 9:00 – 10:15 am 12:00-1:15 pm, Fri By Appointment


  • POLS 315 American National Government
  • POLS 443 American Political Thought

Research Interests

Scott Yenor is a Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department. He teaches political science philosophy and has also published on a variety of subjects, including the Scottish Enlightenment, the philosophic status of revealed religion, American literature, and the family in modern political thought. Dr. Yenor is currently working on a manuscript on the place of family in modern political thought.


Dr. Yenor published his book Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought in 2011.  Family Politics explores the treatment of the family in the philosophies of leading political thinkers of the modern world.

More of Dr. Yenor’s publications can be found on ScholarWorks.


Interview with Dr. J from The Ruth Institute
In the interview they discuss Dr. Yenor’s book Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought.

Beyond the Blue: Marriage and the Limits of Modern Political Thought
In this podcast, Dr. Yenor discusses how family and marriage are viewed through the prism of political and cultural beliefs. Many modern thinkers see marriage and family life as defined by the principle of consent and are not averse to reforming the family as part of their larger efforts to reform society. Others feel that these modern principles tend to be imperial and to cloud our vision to the detriment of marriage and family life. Consent is not adequate to explain most of the reality of marriage and family life, and there are important limits (including the nature of love and the importance of the body) on our ability to reform this central human institution.

Reader’s Corner: Interview with Boise State’s President Bob Kustra
In this 2007 interview Dr. Yenor discusses the state of civil education.