2011 Ross M. Lence Master Teacher: Michael Zuckert
Michael Zuckert is Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor and Department Chair of Political Science, at the University of Notre Dame. Professor Zuckert teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in political philosophy and theory, including American Political Thought, American Constitutional Law, American Constitutional History, Constitutional Theory, and Philosophy of Law.
He has published extensively on a variety of topics, including Plato, Shakespeare, and Orwell, and contemporary liberal theory. He is currently finishing a book entitled Completing the Constitution: The Post-Civil War Amendments and is co-authoring another book on Machiavelli and Shakespeare. He has been commissioned to write the volume on John Rawls for a series on twentieth-century political philosophy. He co-authored and co-produced the public radio series Mr. Adams and Mr. Jefferson: A Nine Part Drama for the Radio. He also was senior scholar for Liberty! (1997), a six-hour public television series on the American Revolution, and served as senior advisor on the PBS series on Benjamin Franklin (2002) and Alexander Hamilton (2007). He is currently head of the new Tocqueville Center for the Study of Religion in American Public Life.
Zuckert has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Earhart Foundation and the National Science Foundation, and has taught at Carleton College, Cornell University, Claremont Men’s College, Fordham University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and the University of Chicago.