Zachary German

Constitutional Studies
Curriculum Vitae


Zack German is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science, specializing in Constitutional Studies and Political Theory. His dissertation—“Spirit, Statesmanship, and the New Sciences of Politics: Montesquieu, the Federalists, and the Anti-Federalists”— examines the relationship between the political thought of Montesquieu and that of the American Founders. It focuses upon the ways in which they considered sociocultural factors and the character of the people of a given society to be relevant to designing and maintaining a political system.


In addition to Montesquieu and the American Founders, Zack’s research and teaching interests include both American political thought and early modern political thought more broadly, as well as American constitutional interpretation, Tocqueville, Christian political thought, and the relationship between religion and politics.


In 2012, Zack received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, summa cum laude, from Lee University. His emphasis within political science was political theory and law, while he also studied philosophy and religion. He received his Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in 2014.


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