Joshua B. Kaplan


Regular Faculty - Associate Professional Specialist


Director of Undergraduate Studies


Political Theory
American Politics


B.A., University of California at Santa Cruz

M.A., University of Chicago.

Research and Teaching Interests

Alexis de Tocqueville, 19th century political theory, politics and literary theory, civil liberties and civil rights, southern politics.

Advising Specialties

General academic advising, fellowships, law school, graduate school, thesis advice


Kaplan's courses include American Politics, Southern Politics, Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, Political Theory, Tocqueville's America and Tocqueville's France, and 19th Century Political Thought. He is the author of Political Theory: The Classic Texts and Their Continuing Relevance, (2005) and The People and the Ballot: A History of American Political Parties (2007), both published by Recorded Books. He has been recognized by the American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, for outstanding teaching in political science. Notre Dame's student body presented him with the Frank O'Malley Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2006, and he received Kaneb Awards for Excellence in Teaching in 2000 and 2006. He received Notre Dame's Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2009 and the Dockweiler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising in 2012.

Office Hours

Mondays-Fridays 1:30pm-5:00pm

Contact Information

Office: 217 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Phone: 574-631-6377
Fax: 574-631-4405

Mailing Address

Department of Political Science
217 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556