Named Professorships

Patrick Deneen

Patrick Deneen

David A. Potenziani Memorial Associate Professor of Constitutional Studies

Professor Deneen holds a B.A. in English literature and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University.  From 1995-1997 he was Speechwriter and Special Advisor to the Director of the United States Information Agency.  From 1997-2005 he was Assistant Professor of Government at Princeton University.  From 2005-2012 he was Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University, before joining the faculty of Notre Dame in Fall 2012.  Deneen is the author and editor of several books and numerous articles and reviews and has delivered invited lectures around the country and several foreign nations.

Published books include: 
The Odyssey of Political Theory, 2000 (Rowman and Littlefield); Democratic Faith, 2005 (Princeton); Democracy's Literature (ed.), 2005 (Rowman and Littlefield); The Democratic Soul (ed.), 2011 (University Press of Kentucky); and Redeeming Democracy in America (ed.), 2011 (University Press of Kansas)

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The David A. Potenziani Memorial Associate Professor of Constitutional Studies was established in 2008 by Notre Dame parents Frank and Cheryl Potenziani. Frank, a 1967 Notre Dame graduate, serves on the Advisory Council for the Mendoza College of Business. The position memorializes their late son David, a 2001 Notre Dame graduate who lived in Alumni Hall and majored in management information systems and philosophy.