Susan D. Collins

Susan D. Collins

Associate Professor

Fields of Study: Political Theory, Constitutional Studies

Research and Teaching Interests: Ancient Political Philosophy, History of Political Thought

2166 Jenkins Nanovic Halls



Susan D. Collins (B.A./M.A. University of Alberta, Canada; Ph.D. Boston College) Associate Professor.

Susan Collins is Associate Professor of Political Science, specializing in Ancient Political Philosophy. Her most recent book is a translation of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, with Robert Bartlett (University of Chicago, 2011), including notes, glossary, and interpretive essay. This work was reviewed in the New York Times book review and nominated for the John D. Criticos prize. She is also the author of Aristotle and the Rediscovery of Citizenship (Cambridge 2006), co-author and translator of Empire and the Ends of Politics: Plato’s “Menexenus” and Pericles’ Funeral Oration (Focus 1999), and co-editor of Action and Contemplation: Studies in the Moral and Political Thought of Aristotle (SUNY 1999), in addition to peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and reviews. She is currently working on Herodotus and Thucydides and a study of Ancient Sparta, political founding, and the regime in Classical thought.

Before joining Notre Dame in fall 2013, Collins was the Ross M. Lence Distinguished Teaching Chair at the University of Houston and founding Director of Phronesis: A Program in Politics and Ethics. Her teaching ranges the history of political thought, with a focus on the Ancient era.