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The John M. Olin Center for Inquiry into the Theory and Practice of Democracy

Catherine H. Zuckert

Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Government and International Studies
University of Notre Dame 1998--


Other Relevant Experience 

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Philosophy (Professor, Associate, Assistant, Instructor), Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, 1971-98; Chairperson, 1985-88

Visiting Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Winter 1995.

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Gender and Political Philosophy Program - Fordham University, Fall 1994, 1995

Visiting Scholar, Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green State University - Fall 1993.

Visiting Professor of Honors Education, University of Delaware, 1989-90.

Director, NEH Summer Seminar for Secondary School Teachers 1984, 1986.

Director, ACM/GLCA Newberry Library Seminar in the Humanities, 1982-83.

Assistant Professor of American Politics, Cornell University,  Summer 198l.

Visiting Associate Professor, Claremont Men's College, Claremont, CA, 1976-77.

Lecturer in Marxism, Harvey Mudd College, 1977

Lecturer in Constitutional Law, St. Olaf College, 1972


B.A.  Cornell University      1964

M.A.  University of Chicago   1967
Ph.D. University of Chicago   1970

Honors and Fellowships

Cornell:  Dean's Scholar, Graduate with Distinction in All Subjects, Honors in Government, Phi Beta Kappa (Jr.), Phi Kappa Phi, Mortarboard

Chicago:  Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Hillman Fellow, University Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow, University of Chicago Dissertation Fellow

1974-75 NEH Younger Humanist 
1981 Woodrow Wilson Faculty Development
1987-88  NEH Fellowship for College Teachers
1989  Earhart Fellowship 
1991-94 Bradley Foundation Research Grant
1997-98 NEH Fellowship for College Teachers
1998 Earhart Fellowship l


Postmodern Platos:  Nietzsche, Heidegger, Gadamer, Strauss and Derrida (Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 1996)

Natural Right and the American Imagination: Political Philosophy in Novel Form (Savage, Md: Rowman and Littlefield, 1990) 

PSP Award for the Most Outstanding Book Published in Religion and Philosophy in 1990    by the Association of American Publishers

Understanding the Political Spirit:  Philosophical Reflections from Socrates to Nietzsche, editor and author of comprehensive introduction (New Haven:  Yale University Press, 1988).

Choice award--best books published in political theory in 1989--American Library Association

Refereed Articles

Who's a Philosopher?  Who's a Sophist? The Stranger v. Socrates, Review of Metaphysics 54 (September 2001): 65-97.

Leadership - Natural and Conventional - in Melville's Benito Cereno, Interpretation, Vol. 26, No. 2 (Winter 1999): 239-55.

"Plato's Parmenides-A Dramatic Reading," Review of Metaphysics  51 (June 1998): 840-71.

"Why Political Scientists Want to Study Literature," PS:  Political Science & Politics, Vol. XXVIII, No. 2 (June 1995): 189-90.

"The Postmodern Problem," Perspective, Vol. 24, No. 2 (Spring 1995): 87-94; reprinted in Gregory M. Scott, ed., Political Science:  Foundations for a Fifth Millenium

(Prentice Hall, 1997) as the example of current writing in the sub-field of political theory.

"On the 'Rationality' of Rational Choice," Political Psychology, Vol. 16, No. 1, 1995: 179-98.

"The Politics of Derridean Deconstruction," Polity, Vol. 22, No. 3 (Spring 1991): 335-57.

"The Political Roots of the Battle of the Books," College Teaching (Summer 1990).

"Martin Heidegger:  His Politics and His Philosophy," in Political Theory, Vol. 18, No. 1 (February 1990): 51-79.

"Democracy in America: 150 Years Later," syndicated column distributed by Public Research Syndicated, published in The Cleveland Plain Dealer, March 22, 1985 as well as several other smaller papers.

"Nietzsche's Rereading of Plato," Political Theory, Vol. 13, No. 2 (May 1985): 213-38, reprinted in David W. Conway, ed., Critical Assessments:  Friedrich Nietzsche (New York: Routledge, 1998), Vol. IV, pp. 382-404.

"Huck at 100," Claremont Review of Books, Vol. 4, No. 4 (Winter 1985).

"Law and Nature in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," Proteus, Vol. 1 (Fall 1984): 27-35; reprinted in M. Thomas Inge, ed., Huck Finn among the Critics: A Centennial Selection (Frederick, MD:  UPA, 1985).

"Nietzsche on the Origin and Development of the Distinctively  Human," Polity, Vol. 16, No. 1 (Fall 1983): 48-71.

"Reagan and that Unnamed Frenchman (De Tocqueville):  On the Rationale for the New (Old) Federalism," Review of Politics, Vol. 43, No. 3 (July 1983): 421-42.

"Aristotle on the Limits and Satisfactions of Political Life," Interpretation, Vol. 11, No. 2 (May 1983): 185-206. 

"On Reading Classic American Novelists as Political Thinkers," Journal of Politics, Vol. 43, No. 3 (August 1981): 683-706.

"Not by Preaching:  Tocqueville on the Role of Religion in American Democracy," Review of Politics, Vol. 43, No. 2 (April 1981): 259-80.

"The Political Thought of Nathaniel Hawthorne," Polity, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Winter 1980): 163-83.

"American Women and Democratic Morals: The Bostonians," Feminist Studies, Vol. 3, No. 3/4 (Spring-Summer 1976): 30-50, reprinted in David L. Schaefer, The New Egalitarianism (Kenninkat, 1979).

"Nature, History and the Self:  Friedrich Nietzsche's Untimely Considerations, in Nietzsche-            Studien, Band 5 (1976): 55-82.

" '. . . and in its wake we followed,' The Political Thought  of Mark Twain," with Michael Zuckert, Interpretation (Summer l972): 49-66.

Book Chapters and Invited Pieces

Hermeneutics in Practice: Gadamer on the Ancients, Cambridge Companion to Gadamer, ed. Robert Dostal (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), forthcoming 2002).

"On the Politics of Gadamerian Hermeneutics," in Bruce Krajewski, ed., Gadamieran Repercussions: Philosophical Hermeneutics Reconsidered (Berkeley:  University of California Press, forthcoming 2002).

"At the Core of the Social Sciences: Montesquieu's Spirit of the Laws," in J. Scott Lee and Robert E. Wright, ed., Uniting the Liberal Arts: Core and Context (Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, forthcoming 2001).

"Rationality v. Morality?" in Gary Quinlivan, ed., Public Morality, Civic Virtue, and the Problem of Modern Liberalism (Eerdmanns, forthcoming 2000).

Politics and Literature, co-editor special issue, Legal Studies Forum, Vol. 22, No. 4 (1998), "Introduction," pp. 529-34.

"Why Political Scientists Study Fiction," The Chronicle of  Higher Education, Vol. 17, No. 26 (March 8, 1996): A48; reprinted in The Howard University Reader (McGraw Hill, 1997).

"Empirical Political Theory 1997--Who's Kissing Him/Her Now?" (with Michael Zuckert) in Kristen R. Monroe, ed., Contemporary Political Theory (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997): 143-65.

"Fortune Is a Woman--But So Is Prudence:  Machiavelli's Clizia," Finding a New Feminism:            Rethinking the Woman Question in Liberal Democracy, Pamela Jensen, ed. (Rowman & Littlefield, 1996): 23-37.

"The Novelist Who Corrupted American Mores," What Happened to Covenant in the Nineteenth             Century, ed. Daniel Elazar (Lanham:  Rowman & Littlefield, 1994), pp. 209-31.

"Aristotle's Practical Political Science," Politikos II: Educating the Ambitious (Dusquesne University Press, 1992), pp. 144-65.

"Religion in America--150 Years Later," in Eduardo Nolla, ed., Liberty, Equality, Democracy (New York:  New York University Press, 1992); reprinted in Peter A. Lawler, ed., Tocqueville=s Defense of Human Liberty (New York:  Garland Publishing, 1992).

"The Novel as a Form of American Political Thought," in Reading Political Stories: Representations of Politics in Novels and Pictures, ed. Maureen Whitebrook (Savage, Maryland:  Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1992): 167-204.

"Political Sociology vs. Speculative Philosophy," in Ken Masugi, ed., Interpreting Tocqueville=s DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA (Savage, Maryland:  Rowman & Littlefield, 1991): 121-52.

"On the Inevitable Growth of Big Government," in Jackson Barlow and John West, ed., The New Federalist 

Papers (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1989).

"On the Theory of Political Economy:  Is Liberalism Really Dead?" in Norman J. Vig and Steven Schier, The Political Economy of Western Democracies (New York: Holmes and Meier, 1985): 19-45.

"Possible Exceptions to the E. R. A.," testimony before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the Senate Judiciary Committee, August 7, 1984.

"The Political Lessons of Economic Life," in Mary P. Nichols, ed., Readings in American             Government, 2nd, 3rd ed. (Dubuque, Ia.:  Kendall-Hunt, 1978, 1982).

Assorted book reviews for the American Political Science Review, Review of Politics, Constitutional Commentary, College Teaching, Political Theory, the Political Economy and the Good Society newsletter, Academic Questions, and International Studies in Philosophy


Other Professional Activities

Ethics Committee, APSA, 1999--

Distinguished Woman Visitor, Notre Dame University, February 24-29, 1997

Project Director, Ford Foundation Social Science Grant, Carleton College, 1990-92; Round II, 1993-97.

APSA Selection Committee for the Leo Strauss Prize for the Best Dissertation Written in Political Philosophy, 1985; Chair 1996.

External Department Review Committees--Gustavus Adolphus (Spring 1998), Colgate University (February 1997), Bowdoin College (November 1995), Colorado College (March 1995), Kenyon College (October 1994), Connecticut College (November 1992), Smith College (April 1991).

Editorial Board, American Journal of Political Science, 1996-97

Editorial Board, Polity, 1992-98.

Advisory Board, Review of Politics, 1990-98

Board of Editors, PS, 1992-94

Seminar Director (with Michael Zuckert), "Politics and the Arts," Minnesota Humanities Commission Institute for the Advancement of Teaching, Fall 1993

Organizer, "Politics and Literature," unaffiliated group, APSA, 1992; Organized Section, 1993--

Panelist/Consultant NEH 1976-present; Standing Panel, Education Division, 1988-91 

Section Head for Political Theory for the Midwest Political Science Association Meetings, 1990


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