Nathan Tarcov Office: Foster Hall 316 Phone: 773 702 8064 Email Interests:
  • Ancient political thought (Thucydides, Xenophon, Plato, Aristotle, Plutarch)
  • Modern political thought (Machiavelle, Locke, the American Founders, Strauss)
  • Education and family in political theory
  • Principles of US foreign policy
Karl J. Weintraub Professor in the College and the Division of Social Sciences

Professor Nathan Tarcov's scholarly interests include history of political theory, education and family in political theory, and principles of U.S. foreign policy. He has published Locke's Education for LibertyMachiavelli's Discourses on Livy, and The Legacy of Rousseau, and numerous articles on Machiavelli, Locke, the American founders, Leo Strauss, and such topics as constitutionalism, democracy and tyranny. He is one of the coordinators of the Political Theory Workshop and Director of The Leo Strauss Center.

Tarcov has been recognized for excellence in undergraduate teaching, receiving the University's Quantrell Award in 1997.

Recent Research / Recent Publications

Locke's Education for Liberty

Locke's Education for Liberty (University of Chicago Press, 1984).

Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy

Machiavelli's Discourses on Livytranslated with Harvey Mansfield (University of Chicago Press, 1996).

The Legacy of Rousseau

The Legacy of Rousseau edited with Clifford Orwin (University of Chicago Press, 1996).