Constitutional Studies Placement Candidates

Mark Hoipkemier

Curriculum Vitae

Mark Hoipkemier is the Tocqueville Program Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Notre Dame, having earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Notre Dame in May 2017. His areas of specialization are political theory and public law, and his research centers on the Aristotelian tradition, the politics of the economy, and the history of republican thought. Before coming to Notre Dame, he graduated from Dartmouth College and studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Mark’s dissertation, “The Political Economy of Common Goods,” presents the Aristotelian concept of common good as indispensable for both the empirical and normative analysis of the nexus between politics and economics, because common goods are baked right in to social reality. At its most basic, the idea of common good is that communities are real agents in the political world with their own goods and goals, which emerge from interaction. Social teleology—a community’s embodied orientation towards some vision of its own flourishing—is shaped by the members of any community and shapes them in turn, for good or ill. This is just as true of modern liberal communities as it was of ancient polity, so the dissertation employs the structure of common goods to analyze three key players in today’s political economy: corporations, markets, and liberal politics itself. The lens of common good shows that liberal regimes and corporations cannot aim solely at the good of individuals, as they purport to do; they always have their own emergent goods, which must factor into debates about their justice. But markets, despite their economic efficiency, lack common goods of their own; they are instituted to promote political ends without generating community. Once we see where social teleology empirically applies in our politics or economics, we are in a position to debate, not whether we want common goods, but rather which ones. Portions of the dissertation have been published as research articles in Polity and Journal of Critical Realism.

Mark's working papers set the common good in conversation with public goods economics, with urban design, and with immigration policy. His secondary research line is on republicanism, specifically Machiavelli and his American reception, on the matter of political institutions and culture. From this line have appeared an article on Machiavelli’s account of ambition (forthcoming in Political Studies), a book chapter on Lincoln and Machiavelli (under review), and a working paper on Machiavelli and the anti-/Federalists. 

Mark is prepared to teach courses in ancient, modern, and American political thought, constitutional law, Islamic law and politics, citizenship and immigration, and PPE (politics, philosophy, and economics). While at Notre Dame, he has taught/will teach “Radical Islam and Islamic Political Thought,” “Markets and Their Critics,” “Truth and Democracy” and introductory courses in political theory and American government.