Ronald W. Carstens

Ronald Carstens
Title: Professor
Division: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Education: B.A. St. Ambrose College M.A. Miami University Ph.D. Miami University
Office Phone: (614) 251-4663
Email: carstenr@ohiodominican.edu


Professor R.W. Carstens was born on May 27, 1947 in Davenport, Iowa, the second of ten children of Gene W. and June Carstens. He attended St. Ambrose College, receiving his B.A. in 1969 cum laude with majors in political science and philosophy and a minor in history. After two years in the Army, he was honorably discharged in 1971 with the rank of E-5 (sergeant) and a citation for distinguished service. From 1971-1974, Dr. Carstens studied at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science and political philosophy. His dissertation was entitled "The Notion of Obligation in the Political Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas." In 1974 he was appointed assistant professor at Ohio Dominican where he began his teaching career. Made full professor with tenure in 1985, he has directed the ODU Humanities program from 1976-1988 and from 1995 to the present, chaired the department of history/ political science/criminal justice from 1990-1993, and was named outstanding teacher in 1990 and Dominican Master Faculty in 1994. The students of Ohio Dominican voted him the Conley Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2001. The author of two books, an Internet course in art history and many articles, Dr. Carstens has successfully directed twenty-four honors theses. He is the father of two sons, Finnian and Liam, and lives with his wife of 34 years in Gahanna, Ohio. He serves as docent to the Columbus Museum of Art and is the past President of the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph Montessori School. In 2002, he served as Associate Dean of Ohio Dominican’s School of Graduate Studies.