Dr. Thomas R. Laehn
Office of the Greene County Attorney
JD, University of Iowa, 2017
PhD, Louisiana State University, 2010
MA, Louisiana State University, 2008
BA, Drake University, 2004
Thomas grew up in the small, farming community of Allison, Iowa, where his father served as a Lutheran minister. He graduated from Allison-Bristow High School in 2000. In 2004, he received a Bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Drake University, where he graduated summa cum laude with university honors. After briefly working as a public policy analyst in Des Moines, he earned a Master’s degree and PhD in political science at Louisiana State University. Following a one-year appointment as a Visiting Research Fellow at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he accepted a position as an assistant professor of political science at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. While at McNeese, he taught courses in American politics, ancient and modern political thought, and American constitutional law. After teaching for four years, he decided to return to rural Iowa to start a family and to begin a career in public service as a prosecuting attorney. Accordingly, in the fall of 2014, he enrolled at the University of Iowa College of Law. While in law school, he was named the law school’s best oralist and top overall advocate. He also served as a member of the University’s National Moot Court Team, received the University’s Distinguished Student Leader Award, and served as President of the Student Chapter of the Federalist Society. In May 2017, he graduated from law school and accepted a position as the Assistant County Attorney for Greene County. In November 2018, Thomas was elected Greene County Attorney. He and his wife, Dr. Susan Laehn, are proud to call Greene County home.
Recent and Notable Publications
Thomas R. Laehn, Pliny’s Defense of Empire (New York: Routledge, 2013).
Select Conference Presentations
Thomas R. Laehn and N. Susan Laehn, “Re-Founding the Republic: Machiavelli and the Article V Amendment Process,” Midwestern Political Science Association Annual Conference (Chicago, April 2018).
Thomas R. Laehn, “The Ascent to the Throne: The Rise of the Monarchical Presidency,” Midwestern Political Science Association Annual Conference (Chicago, April 2017).
Thomas R. Laehn and John R. Hendrickson, “Congressional Abdication and the Erosion of the Constitutional Barriers to Political Dissolution,” Midwestern Political Science Association Annual Conference (Chicago, April 2017).
Thomas R. Laehn, “The Myth of the Absent Sovereign,” Southern Political Science Association Annual Conference (San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 2016).
Thomas R. Laehn, “Politics and the Erotic: Socrates and the Subversiveness of Desire,” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (Washington, DC, August 2014).