Patrick Deneen



Regular Faculty - Associate Professor


David A. Potenziani Memorial Associate Professor of Constitutional Studies


Constitutional Law and Politics

Political Theory


B.A., Rutgers University, 1986

Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1995

Research and Teaching Interests

Ancient and Modern Political Thought, American Political Thought, American Constitutionalism Literature and Politics, Religion and Politics


I hold a B.A. in English literature and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University.  From 1995-1997 I was Speechwriter and Special Advisor to the Director of the United States Information Agency.  From 1997-2005 I was Assistant Professor of Government at Princeton University.  From 2005-2012 I was Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University, before joining the faculty of Notre Dame in Fall 2012.  I am the author and editor of several books and numerous articles and reviews and have delivered invited lectures around the country and several foreign nations.

Published books include:

The Odyssey of Political Theory, 2000 (Rowman and Littlefield) Democratic Faith, 2005 (Princeton) Democracy's Literature (ed.), 2005 (Rowman and Littlefield) The Democratic Soul (ed.), 2011 (University Press of Kentucky) Redeeming Democracy in America (ed.), 2011 (University Press of Kansas)

Office Hours

Monday 1:30-3:30pm and by appointment

Contact Information

Office: Decio 417
Phone: 574-631-7659

Mailing Address

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