Catherine Zuckert



Emeritus Faculty


Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science
Former Editor-in-Chief of The Review of Politics from 2004-2018


Political Theory


PhD University of Chicago (1970)

Research and Teaching Interests

Plato; Ancient Political Theory; Politics and Literature. 

Advising Specialties

Graduate programs in political science; Rhodes; Truman; Marshal. 


Catherine Zuckert is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Review of Politics (2004-2018).  Zuckert’s book on Natural Right and the American Imagination: Political Philosophy in Novel Form won the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award for the best book written in philosophy and religion by the American Association of Publishers in 1990. Understanding the Political Spirit: From Socrates to Nietzsche, edited by Zuckert, received a Choice award as one of the best books published in political theory in 1989.  Her book on Plato's Philosophers: The Coherence of the Dialogues (University of Chicago Press, 2009) won the R.R. Hawkins award for the best book published that year. She now has a book on Machiavelli's Politics forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press in 2016.

Zuckert writes primarily about the history of political philosophy and the relation between literature and politics. Zuckert has received several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the Bradley and Earhart Foundations.

She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, has been listed in several editions of Who’s Who in America, and was selected as a member of the Templeton Honor Role in 1998.

Contact Information

Phone: 574-631-6623 [Editor's office]; 574-631-6620 [Faculty office]
Fax: 574-631-3103 [Editor's office]; 574-631-4405

Mailing Address

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


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