Edward Yager

“Because we hold it for a fundamental and undeniable truth, that religion or the duty which we owe to our Creator and the manner of discharging it can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence.” -James Madison, American founder and president “Memorial and Remonstrance”  [1785]

Edward (Ed) Yager is Professor of Political Science at Western Kentucky University (WKU), where he has taught for more than twenty-five years.  Among the courses that he regularly teaches, the theme of religious liberty is especially pronounced in his political theory courses.  He has also taught specifically on religious liberty through the WKU Society for Life Long Learning program.  In 2014, Professor Yager delivered the lecture “Consulting the Past: John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and the Elevated Status of Religious Liberty” to the WKU academic community.

Professor Yager has also presented “John Locke: Religious Toleration and Lessons for Political Leaders” to the academic community at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom.  At the time, Dr. Yager was working with a scholar from The London School of Economics and Political Science on a research project later to be published in Presidential Studies Quarterly. 

In 2005, Professor Yager co-led a WKU delegation to Chongqing Technical and Business University (China) and presented “The Political Philosophy of the American Declaration of Independence” to faculty, administrators and students at that institution.  Dr. Yager also writes on religious liberty issues and he is the author of “The Theological Foundations of Religious Liberty in the Thought of John Locke and James Madison” in The Commonwealth Review of Political Science.

Prior to earning his doctorate, Ed worked in California local government for five years.  He has also served on the City of Bowling Green’s Ethics Board and the Mayor’s Policy Committee.  His PhD in political science is from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his MSc in political theory is from The London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dr. Yager and his wife, Marie, reside in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where they attend Christ United Methodist Church.  They are the proud parents of two adult children.