Daniel E. Burns, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Dallas

Daniel E. Burns is associate professor of Politics at the University of Dallas, where he recently served as interim associate dean of the college of liberal arts. He is a fellow at the Catholic University of America's Institute for Human Ecology, and he has previously held visiting fellowships at the Catholic University of America and the University of Texas at Austin. 


During a year of academic leave in 2019-20, Burns first served on Sen. Mike Lee's staff as deputy director of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, where he helped manage the Social Capital Project. He then served as a senior policy analyst (contractor) for the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services, where he worked on regulatory reform and on COVID-related civil rights enforcement.


Burns's academic interests are in political philosophy and center on the relation between religion and citizenship. His writings on contemporary topics have also appeared in numerous nonacademic journals.


Burns is president of the Dallas Forum on Law, Politics, and Culture, which offers intellectual formation to both current and future leaders in government, law, education, business, and society. He is a contributing editor at Public Discourse.


He received his Ph.D. in political science from Boston College and his B.A. in political science from Williams College.