Vincent Phillip Muñoz


On Leave Spring 2019


Regular Faculty - Associate Professor


Tocqueville Associate Professor of Religion & Public Life


Constitutional Studies
Political Theory


Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School (2001)

Research and Teaching Interests

American Political Thought
American Constitutional Law
Early Modern Political Theory
Church & State


Vincent Phillip Muñoz is the Tocqueville Associate Professor of Political Science and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at The University of Notre Dame. He also serves as Director of Notre Dame’s Tocqueville Program for Inquiry into Religion and Public Life and the Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies.

Dr. Muñoz writes and teaches across the fields of political philosophy, constitutional studies, and American politics. His research has focused on the theme of religious liberty and the American Constitution. His first book, God and the Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson (Cambridge University Press, 2009), won the Hubert Morken Award from the American Political Science Association for the best publication on religion and politics in 2009 and 2010. His First Amendment church-state casebook, Religious Liberty and the American Supreme Court: The Essential Cases and Documents, was published in 2013 (Rowman & Littlefield, revised edition 2015) and is being used at Notre Dame and other leading universities. 

Dr. Muñoz is currently working on a sequel to God and the Founders. That book will attempt to explain the natural rights political philosophy that animates the Constitution’s protection of religious liberty as well as set forth the original meaning of the Constitution's Religion Clauses. Articles related to that project have recently been published in American Political Science Review, The Notre Dame Law Review, and American Political Thought. His earlier writings have appeared in scholarly and popular journals, including American Political Science Review, The Review of Politics, The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, The Wall Street Journal, First Things, and The Claremont Review of Books. His media appearances include commentary on Voice of America Radio, Fox News Channel, and Turkish Public Television. He has testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on the matter of "Hostility to Religious Expression in the Public Square."

Office Hours

Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Contact Information

Office: 2040 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Phone: 574-631-0489
Fax: 574-631-4405

Mailing Address

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


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