Max Smith

Fields of Study: Political Theory, American Politics


Areas of Interest: Democratic Theory, History of Political Thought, American Politics and Political Thought, Early Modern Political Thought, Theories of Conflict, Race and Ethnic Politics, Liberalism and its Critics. 

Max is a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science Department focusing on Political Theory and American Politics. He received his BA from the University of Chicago in Political Science with a focus on Political Theory. Max’s primary research interest is in theories of conflict, disagreement, and difference. He is writing his dissertation on Machiavelli’s defense of class conflict and critique of party politics. He has presented on multiple APSA panels. Including a paper on Locke’s theory of toleration and political conflict and a paper comparing Abraham Lincoln and John Brown’s politics. He has also presented work on social media and the public sphere at an international graduate student conference. Before joining Notre Dame’s political science department Max managed a national voter outreach and supporter contact program.