Michael P. Zuckert
Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor of Political Science
One of the nation’s most eminent scholars of American political thought and constitutional studies, Michael Zuckert has built an outstanding reputation on the strength of his scholarship on topics including the political thought of John Locke, America’s founding, and the Fourteenth Amendment.
In 2010, he received the Association for the Study of Free Institutions Award for Distinguished Scholarship on the Nature of a Free Society. With grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson Center, and many others, Zuckert has published extensively. He has two forthcoming books: Leo Strauss and the Problem of Political Philosophy (with Catherine Zuckert) and Natural Rights and the New Constitutionalism. He co-authored and co-produced the public radio series Mr. Adams and Mr. Jefferson: A Nine Part Drama for the Radio and was senior scholar for Liberty!, a six-hour public television series on the American Revolution.
As the former chair of Notre Dame’s largest academic department, political science, Zuckert was responsible for building one of the country’s premier programs in American political thought and constitutional studies at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. Recently, Michael received the Chairman's Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jack Miller Center for the Study of American Founding Principals. He was also one of three main scholar-consultanst for the PBS series, Constitution USA.
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A 1935 graduate of Newcomb College (part of Tulane University), Nancy Reeves Dreux was a dedicated civic leader in New Orleans. Her husband, William B. Dreux (’33), was a captain in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II; his book, No Bridges Blown, was published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 1972.