Robert Burton

Faculty Member

Robert John Burton


Robert John Burton is director of the Civic Thought and Leadership Initiative at Utah Valley University's Center for Constitutional Studies. His research and teaching occur in the fields of constitutional law, American political thought, and political philosophy, focusing on civic education, the First Amendment, and the relationship between conscience and politics. His current book project is titled, A Conscience Safe for Politics: Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and the Formation of the Modern Conscience. He has taught at Utah Valley University, UW - Madison, and Notre Dame.

Dr. Burton received his PhD and MA in constitutional studies and political theory from the University of Notre Dame and his BA, summa cum laude, in English and politics from Southern Virginia University. When not reading, teaching, and writing, he loves to trail run and adventure with his wife and kids.


CNST 4720

Foundations of American Constitutionalism, Summer 2024

CGCL 6200

Foundations of American Democracy, Summer 2024

POLS 1000

American Heritage AS, Spring 2024