Bill Caspary received both his B.S. and M.S. in physics and his Ph.D. in political science. His teaching interests are primarily in democratic theory, ethics, and democracy and education. He also teaches peace Studies, conflict resolution, political psychology, and philosophy of science. Caspary's activism in the peace movement during the 1960s led him to change his academic focus from physics to political science, but his physics background led to an ongoing interest in philosophy of science and philosophy of social science. Prior to coming to Gallatin, he taught political theory for 30 years at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to his teaching and political action, he has worked as an educational consultant, ombudsman, and mediator. Caspary's recent scholarship focused on the pragmatist tradition in American thought, especially the democratic and ethical theories of John Dewey. He is the author of Dewey on Democracy (Cornell University Press, 2000) and numerous articles in scholarly journals. His current scholarly work is on the history of ethical philosophy, with an emphasis on the ethics of dissent. The American Political Science Association gave him a Distinguished Career Award in 2002.