Public Policy

Gary A. Mullen

Chairperson/Associate Professor




Campus Box 0404


Weidensall Hall
Room 313
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


BA Schreyer College (Penn State University), 1992
MA Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1995
PhD Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 2000

Academic Focus

Contemporary European Philosophy; Political Philosophy; Deliberative Democracy; Critical Theory

Gary’s research focuses on developments in social and political philosophy after World War II and the specific challenges posed to democracy by developments in media technology and its potential to distort public opinion and political judgment.

His current research on the work of Theodor W. Adorno addresses the need to revise our most basic assumptions about freedom, rational agency and national sovereignty in the face of genocide.

The classes Gary teaches include: Persuasion, Propaganda and the Public Sphere Democracy in an Age of Mass Media; Philosophy of Law; Kant and 19th Century Philosophy; American Philosophy: From the Pilgrims to the Neo-Pragmatists; Great Philosophers: Friedrich Nietzsche; Great Philosophers: Hannah Arendt; Great Philosophers: Karl Marx; Readings: Sigmund Freud.

Gary is also currently serving as the Director of the Public Policy Program at Gettysburg College.