Jesse Covington, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Augustinian Scholars Program.
(805) 565-6784

Office Location

Deane Hall 215

Office Available

Please email him for an appointment. 



Political Theory, Constitutional Law, Political Theology, Religion and Politics, First Amendment Law


Dr. Covington teaches much of the political theory curriculum at Westmont, which includes major questions about the nature and ends of political life, within the context of a Christian liberal arts education. His research interests focus on the interrelation of religion and government, particularly as regards First Amendment law, natural law, and the foundations of political liberalism. Dr. Covington is currently working on a book manuscript provisionally titled Taken on Faith: The Concept of Religion in First Amendment Jurisprudence. He is also engaged in an ongoing collaborative project on evangelical political thought. Dr. Covington's interests include the place of formation in Christian higher education--particularly in the context of the liberal arts. He directs and teaches in the Augustinian Scholars Program.