Vincent Phillip Muñoz
RankRegular Faculty - Associate Professor
Tocqueville Associate Professor of Religion & Public Life
B.A., Claremont McKenna College (1993)
M.A., Boston College (1995)
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School (2001)
Research and Teaching Interests
American Political Thought
American Constitutional Law
Early Modern Political Theory
Church & State
Vincent Phillip Muñoz is the Tocqueville Associate Professor of Religion and Public Life in the Department of Political Science and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at The University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Muñoz writes and teaches across the fields of political philosophy, constitutional studies, and American politics. His recent research has focused on the theme of religious liberty and the American Constitution. His first book, God and the Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson (Cambridge University Press, 2009), won the Hubert Morken Award from the American Political Science Association for the best publication on religion and politics in 2009 and 2010. His First Amendment church-state casebook, Religious Liberty and the American Supreme Court: The Essential Cases and Documents, was published in 2013 and is being used at Notre Dame and other leading universities.
Dr. Muñoz is in the process of completing two more books related to religious freedom, a prequel to God and the Founders, which seeks to uncover the original meaning of the Constitution's Religion Clauses, and a constitutional history of religious freedom in America from the Founding to the present. His writings have appeared in scholarly and popular journals, including American Political Science Review, The Review of Politics, The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, The Wall Street Journal, First Things, and The Claremont Review of Books. His media appearances include commentary on Voice of America Radio, Fox News Channel, and Turkish Public Television. He has testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on the matter of "Hostility to Religious Expression in the Public Square."
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Office: 447 Decio
Department of Political Science
217 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556