Loyola University Chicago

Interdisciplinary Honors Program

Christopher Whidden, Ph.D

Learn more about Dr. Christopher Whidden

Senior Lecturer

  • Office Location: Francis Hall 146
  • Phone Number: 773.508.2813
  • E-mail: cwhidden@luc.edu


I am a senior lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Honors Program. Since coming to Loyola in 2009, I have taught a variety of courses, including Western Intellectual Traditions, The U.S. Experience, and Encountering Europe. I regularly teach HONR 101 and HONR 102, where I have delivered lectures on Genesis, Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, Aristophanes’ Clouds, Plato’s Apology of Socrates and Crito, Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, U.S. Founding documents, the U.S. Constitution, Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, Abraham Lincoln’s speeches, and Willa Cather’s A Lost Lady.

Teaching and Research Interests

  • History of political philosophy
  • Politics and literature
  • American political thought

Recent Awards and Honors

Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshmen, 2021.

Selected Publications

Whidden, Christopher.  “Hares, Hounds, Herds, and Hives in Xenophon’s Cyropaedia,”   Interpretation 35.3 (2008): 229-240. 

Whidden, Christopher.  “Cyrus’s Imperial Household: An Aristotelian Reading of Xenophon’s Cyropaedia,” Polis 25.1 (2008): 31-62.

Whidden, Christopher.  “The Persian Regime and Cyrus’s Persian Education in Xenophon’s Cyropaedia,” Review of Politics 69.4 (2007): 539-567.

Whidden, Christopher.  “Deception in Xenophon’s Cyropaedia,” Interpretation 34.2 (2007): 129-156.

Whidden, Christopher.  “True Statesmanship as True Rhetoric in Plato’s Gorgias,” Polis 22.2 (2005): 206-229.