Fields of Study: Political Theory, International Relations
Areas of interest: History of political thought, Nietzsche, Aristotle, moral philosophy
Joseph Clarkson is a first-year Political Science PhD student, specializing in Political Theory and International Relations. Before coming to Notre Dame, Joseph studied Philosophy, Classics, and German through the University Scholars Program at Baylor University, where he received his BA in 2019. As an undergraduate, Joseph presented papers on Nietzsche and Descartes at the University of Dallas and on Aristotle at the University of Tennessee. He also completed an honors thesis titled “Idols and Empire: Preludes to Philosophy of Art in Early Christianity." At Notre Dame, Joseph plans to build on this research agenda by studying the political thought of Nietzsche and Arendt as modern interlocutors with ancient political thinkers, such as Plato and Aristotle. More specifically, he seeks to explore the ways in which different moral frameworks imply varying definitions of justice and equality. Joseph has proficiency in German, Latin, and Greek.