Susan D. Collins

Susan Collins

On Leave Fall 2018 and Spring 2019


Regular Faculty - Associate Professor


Political Theory
Constitutional Studies


Ph. D. Boston College 

Research and Teaching Interests

Ancient Political Philosophy

History of Political Thought


Susan D. Collins (B.A./M.A. University of Alberta, Canada; Ph.D. Boston College) Associate Professor.

Susan Collins is Associate Professor of Political Science, specializing in Ancient Political Philosophy. Her most recent book is a translation of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, with Robert Bartlett (University of Chicago, 2011), including notes, glossary, and interpretive essay. This work was reviewed in the New York Times book review and nominated for the John D. Criticos prize. She is also the author of Aristotle and the Rediscovery of Citizenship (Cambridge 2006), co-author and translator of Empire and the Ends of Politics: Plato’s “Menexenus” and Pericles’ Funeral Oration (Focus 1999), and co-editor of Action and Contemplation: Studies in the Moral and Political Thought of Aristotle (SUNY 1999), in addition to peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and reviews. She is currently working on Herodotus and Thucydides and a study of Ancient Sparta, political founding, and the regime in Classical thought.

Before joining Notre Dame in fall 2013, Collins was the Ross M. Lence Distinguished Teaching Chair at the University of Houston and founding Director of Phronesis: A Program in Politics and Ethics. Her teaching ranges the history of political thought, with a focus on the Ancient era.

Office Hours

Thursdays 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Contact Information

Office: 2166 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Phone: 574-631-3182
Fax: 574-631-4405

Mailing Address

Department of Political Science
2060 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Notre Dame, IN 46556


Collins CV