Catherine Heldt Zuckert
Nancy Reeves Dreux
Professor of Political Science

The University of Notre Dame


Office Hours
(510 Flanner Hall)
For appointment E-mail:

Graduate students from Notre Dame
First Annual Summer Seminar
on Machiavelli and Shakespeare

Graduate Student Gathering
AHI Machiavelli Seminar

Elizabeth L’Arrivee, Peter Campbell
Rebecca McCumbers, Faisal Baluch, Lori Molinari with
Professors Michael and Catherine Zuckert

Back Row: James Fetter, Glenn Clifton, Alex Duff, Katie Mendham, Matt Mendham, Kevin Cherry, Cindy Gretschmann, Derek Webb, Adam Seagrave, Jeff Langan.

Front Row: Catherine Zuckert, Michael Zuckert, Jon MacFarlane, Mary Keys, Elizabeth L'Arivee, Sarah Houser, Rebecca McCumbers, David Thunder, Ana Quesada Samuel



Andrew Hertzoff, PhD (2002): “City, Soul and Speech in Plato’s Craylus.”received tenure California State University in Sacramento in spring 2008.
Xavier Marquez, PhD (2006): “Political Knowledge in Plato’s Statesman.” Awarded the Leo Strauss Prize for the Best Dissertation Written in Political Philosophy in 2004-06, by the American Political Science Association, and now holds the equivalent of a tenured position at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.

Kevin Cherry, PhD (2007): “Aristotle’s First Critique:  The Eleatic Stranger and the Politics.” Assistant Professor, St. Anselm’s College (2008-10); tenure track Assistant Professor at the University of Richmond, 2010--

Jill Budny, PhD (2008): “The Education of the Irrational in Plato’s Laws.”  Jill is a non-tenure track assistant professor of political science at Beloit College in Wisconsin.

Catherine Borck, Ph.D (2009): “Becoming Friends in Speech and Deed: Socratic Friendship in the Platonic Dialogues.” Tenure-track assistant professor of political theory, University of Hartford, 2011--

Alexander Duff, PhD (2010):  “Heidegger’s Paradoxical Politics.” Alex has held postdoctoral fellowships at UND and Boston College, was a visiting professor at Skidmore College and currentlycurrently holds a postdoctoral teaching fellowship at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester MA.

Joshua Bandoch, PhD (2012):  “On Political Particularism: De L’Ésprit des lois and the Politics of Statecraft.”  Held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Political Theory Workshop at Brown University for 2012-14, and now holds another two-year postdoc at the Jack Miller Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison WI.

Faisal Baluch, PhD (2013): “Machiavelli on Liberty, Empire, and Necessity.” Tenure-track, assistant professor, at the College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.

Rebecca McCumbers, PhD (2014):  “The Battle between the Unarmed Prophets: Savonarola and Machiavelli.”  Lecturer in public law at Baylor University. 2010—

Michelle Kundmueller, PhD (2014): “Following Odysseus Home: An Exploration of the Politics of Honor & Family in the Iliad, Odyssey, and Plato’s Republic.”

Robert L’Arrivee, PhD (2015): “The Roots of Islamic Political Philosophy: A Comparative Study of Al-Fababi’s Virtuous City and Political Regime.”

Nathan Sawatzky, ABD: “Ways to Make a City, Ways to Turn a Soul: Necessity and Justice in Plato’s Republic.”

Tae Hyun Ahn, ABD: “The Happiness of Man and the City in Aristotle.”

Vince Bagnulo, ABD: “Liberal Virtue and Liberal Vice: Mill, Nietzsche, and Tocqueville on the Contradictions of Democratic Character”

Jakub Voboril, ABD: “Plato’s Politicians”


Jody Cockerill Bruhn, PhD (2001), “Polity and Cosmogony: A Study of Three Creation Myths,” research analyst with the Library of Parliament, Parliamentary Information and Research Service, Ottawa, Canada
Traci Levy, PhD (2002), “Women and Welfare,” tenured associate professor of Political Science at Adelphi University

Heike Cheryl Schotten, PhD (2005), “Nietzsche’s Psychology of the Body,” Tenured associate professor at University of Massachusetts in Boston

Jarrett Carty, PhD (2006): “Machiavelli, Luther, and the Reformation of Politics.” Tenured associate professor in the Honors Program at Concordia University, Montreal

Timothy Dale, PhD (2006): “Democracy beyond Universalism:  Identity, Accountability, and Agency in ‘Post-Subjective’ Political Thinking,” moved from a tenure-track position at the University of South Carolina, Spartansburg to another tenure track position at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls in 2007

Emma Cohen de Lara, PhD (2007), “The Lawgiver and the Physician:  A Model for Reading Plato’s Laws,” tenure track at Amsterdam University College in the Netherlands

Jeffrey Church, PhD (2008): “The Problem of the Individual in Hegel and Nietzsche,” tenured associate professor at the University of Houston

Ana Quesada Samuel, PhD (2010), “Montesquieu on Morality and Law. Research scholar at the Witherspoon Foundation, Washinton, D.C.

Sarah Houser, PhD (2010), “Loving Pimlico:  Patriotism in the Age of the Cosmopolis,” lecturer, Department of Political Science, American University, Washington, D. C.

Matthew Holbreich, PhD (2011), “Between Sovereignty and Freedom: Tocqueville and the Project of French Liberalism,” postdoctoral fellow at American University 2011-12, now teaching political theory at Yeshiva, and working in a law firm, having graduated from NYU Law School

James Fetter, PhD (2012), “The Great Man in Politics: Magnanimity in the History of Western Political Thought.” Postdoctoral fellow, Tocqueville Center, UND 2012-14

Ashleen Menachca Bagnulo, PhD (2013): “My City before My Soul” Reading the Discourses on Livy as a Retelling of Augustine’s City of God.” Postdoctoral fellow at the Madison Center, Princeton University, 2013-14; postdoctoral fellow in ethics at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, 2014-15; now holds a teaching postdoctoral fellowship at Furman University, 2015-17

Sarah Spengeman, PhD (2014), “Arendt and Augustine:  The Politics of Love,” tenure- track assistant professor of political science at the California community college in San Luis Obispo 2012, resigned 2013, working for a NGO in Washington, D. C.
Shaojin Chai, PhD (2014), “Wang Yang-ming’s Cosmopolitan Vision.” Adjunct instructor of political science in Dubai

Lori Molinari, PhD (2014), “The Ancient Repubics and the Mixed Regime in Montesquieu’s Political Thought,” Tocqueville Postdoctoral Fellow 2014-16

Joe Brutto, PhD (2015), “Towards a Politics of Virtue: A Study of the Relationship of Virtue to Political Life.” Postdoctoral Fellow at the Madison Center, Princeton University 2015-16

Shinkyu Lee, ABD, “Nation-State, Polis, and Republic: Hannah Arendt on Political Associations and Their Inter-Political Relations”

Mark Hoipkemier, ABD, “The Common Good”

Catherine Sims Kuiper, ABD, “The Nature and Purpose of Political Communities on Suárez and Locke”

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