Fields of Study: Political Theory, International Relations
Areas of interest: History of Political Thought, Thucydides, Hegel, Nietzsche
Joseph Clarkson is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame specializing in political theory and international relations. Before coming to the University of Notre Dame, Joseph studied philosophy, classics, and German through the University Scholars Program at Baylor University, where he received his B.A. in 2019. As an undergraduate, Joseph presented papers on Nietzsche’s engagement with Descartes’s epistemology at the University of Dallas and on Aristotle’s political theory at the University of Tennessee. At Notre Dame, Joseph plans to build on this research agenda by studying the political thought of Hegel and Nietzsche as modern interlocutors with ancient political thinkers such as Thucydides. Joseph’s current projects include a paper on the ways in which various statesmen treat the knowability of the future in the speeches of Thucydides’s History and another on the inevitability of war in Hegel’s theory of international politics.