Assistant Professor, Government, History & Criminal Justice
Dr. Nicholas Higgins has lived across the United States (Texas, Virginia, Florida, Louisiana, Nebraska) and is happy to be in the Hampton Roads area for a second time. He received his master’s from University of Dallas and his Ph.D. from the University of North Texas.
Prior to his current position, he was an intstructor at North Central Texas College and had a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas. He also served as the editoral assistant for the American Political Science Review.
Higgins believes, “In order to educate students with a rigorous standard and a Christian worldview it is necessary to go beyond the ideological disagreement of individuals’ behavior or policy questions. One must first recognize that all ideology and policy positions are grounded in a specific worldview; many of which create a false dichotomy between fact/values. It is the role of a Christian educator to have students examine not merely the facts but to question and understand the underlying assumptions of the nature of man; justice, and law.”
His research interests include Hobbes and religion, poltical theology, and religion and American politics. He enjoys camping with his wife and five children. They attend Reformation Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach.
Former Editorial Assistant, American Political Science Review
"Dad" Pender Award: Best Graduate Paper Dept. of Political Science University of North Texas 2010
Higgins, Nicholas. "Religious influences on Latino ideology and vote choice: are Evangelical Catholics different?." Politics, Groups, and Identities 2, no. 3 (2014): 402-421.
Higgins, Nicholas “Shame on You: Aristotle’s Virtuous Use of Shame in the Nicomachen Ethics” Expositions 9 no 2, (2015)1-15,
Higgins, Nicholas. "Hobbes's Paradoxical Toleration: Inter regentes tolerantia, tolerans intolerantia inter plebem." Politics and Religion 9, no. 1 (2016): 139-161.
Higgins, Nicholas “Bethlehemic Trilogy: An Apology for the Davidic Kinship” Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy 44 no 1(2017): 21-41
Higgins, Nicholas. "Undermining Obligation to God: Hobbes’s Religious Rhetoric and False Forms of Obligation." Political Theology (2018): 1-19.
American Political Science Association
Midwest Political Science Association
Christians in Political Science
European Hobbes Society