Catherine Zuckert



Regular Faculty - Professor


Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science
Editor-in-Chief, The Review of Politics


Political Theory


B.A. Cornell University (1964)

PhD University of Chicago (1970)

Research and Teaching Interests

Plato; Ancient Political Theory; Politics and Literature. 

Advising Specialties

Graduate programs in political science; Rhodes; Truman; Marshal. 


Catherine Zuckert currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Review of Politics.  Zuckert’s book on Natural Right and the American Imagination: Political Philosophy in Novel Form won the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award for the best book written in philosophy and religion by the American Association of Publishers in 1990. Understanding the Political Spirit: From Socrates to Nietzsche, edited by Zuckert, received a Choice award as one of the best books published in political theory in 1989.  Her book on Plato's Philosophers: The Coherence of the Dialogues (University of Chicago Press, 2009) won the R.R. Hawkins award for the best book published that year. She now has a book on Machiavelli's Politics forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press in 2016.

Zuckert writes primarily about the history of political philosophy and the relation between literature and politics. Zuckert has received several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the Bradley and Earhart Foundations.

She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, has been listed in several editions of Who’s Who in America, and was selected as a member of the Templeton Honor Role in 1998.

Office Hours

By appointment in 546 Flanner

Contact Information

Office: 546 Flanner & 350 Decio
Phone: 574-631-6623 [Editor's office]; 574-631-6620 [Faculty office]
Fax: 574-631-3103 [Editor's office]; 574-631-4405

Mailing Address

Department of Political Science
217 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556


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