Joshua B. Kaplan

Josh 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, constitutional law, southern politics, local politics, public policy.

Advising Specialties

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


Kaplan's courses include American Politics, Southern Politics, Introduction to Public Policy, Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, Comparative Civil Liberties, Political Theory, Tocqueville's America and Tocqueville's France, and 19th Century Political Thought. He is the author and narrator 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. 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 2006 and 2000. He received Notre Dame's Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2016 and 2009, and the Dockweiler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising in 2012.

Office Hours

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

Contact Information

Office: 2060G Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Phone: 574-631-6377
Fax: 574-631-4405

Mailing Address

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


Kaplan CV