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John R. Wallach

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Professor of Political Science, Hunter College & The Graduate Center--CUNY/Political Theory
President, Hunter Faculty Delegrate Assembly, (2016-Present)
Founder & Chair (2010 - 2013),
Hunter College Human Rights Program

Office: 1701 HW
Phone: 212-772-5671

Areas of Specialization:

  • History of Political Theory--especially ancient Greek
  • Democratic Theory
  • Human Rights
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences

Hunter Courses:

  • PolSc 100: Introduction to Political Science: Democracy, Anarchy, and the State
  • PolSc 112: Introduction to Political Theory
  • PolSc 200: Interpreting Politics: An Introduction to Political Ideas
  • PolSc 201: Ancient to Early Modern Political Thought
  • PolSc 202: Modern Political Thought (1600-1900)
  • PolSc 203: Political Theory since 1900
  • PolSc 304.19: Political Intrerpretation
  • PolSc 304.58: Democracy and Equal Opportunity
  • PolSc 304.61: Plato and Democratic Theory
  • PolSc 304.62: Aristotelian Political Science
  • PolSc 304.68: Democracy and Virtue
  • PolSc 304.69: Human Rights, Cultural Relativism and Politics
  • PolSc 304.80: Comparative Political Thought- India & the West
  • PolSc 304.81: Democracy and Political Ethics
  • PolSc 307: Democratic Theory
  • PolSc 316: Political Theory of Human Rights


Ph.D., M.A., Princeton University -- Politics (Program in Political Philosophy)
B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz--Double Major: Politics and Philosophy

Liberal Arts Fellow in Law and Political Science, Harvard Law School (1998-99)


NEH Fellowship for College and University Teachers (2003-2004): "Democratic Virtue: Critical Essays for an Ethics of Equality and Power"

Director, NEH Summer Institute, 2006: "Human Rights in Conflict: Interdisciplinary Perspectives," at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

    Published Books

  • "Democracy and Goodness: A Historicist Political Theory"  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), 310pp.
  • "The Platonic Political Art: A Study of Critical Reason and Democracy" (University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2001)\, 468pp.
  • "Athenian Political Thought and the Reconstruction of American Democracy", co-edited, w/ J. Peter Euben and Josiah Ober (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994), 352pp.

Publications: Articles

  • "Plato," Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (forthcoming, Springer)
  • "Platonic Power and Political Realism, " Polis, Vol. 31, No. 1 (2014), pp 28-58
  • "Polis" - Encyclopedia of Political Thought (Oxford: Blackwell, 2014)
  • "Constitutive Paradoxes of Human Rights: An Interpretation in History and Political Theory, "Studies in Law, Politics and Society-Human Rights: Noew Possibilities/New Problems, ed. A. Sarat (2011), 37-66
  • Demokratia and Arete in Ancient Greek Political Thought, "Polis, Vol. 28, No. 2 (2011), 181-215
  • "None of us is a democrat now, "Theory and Event, Vol. 13, No. 2 (June, 2010).
  • "Introduction" to  "Special Issue: Human Rights in Conflict: Interdisciplinary Perspectives," edited by John R. Wallach, in Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 7, No. 2 (April-June, 2008), 87-90.
  • "Platonic Laws, 'Ka-di Justice,' and the Rule of Law," in The Political Identity of the West, ed. Martin van Ackeren and Orrin Finn Summerell (Peter Lang, 2007), 77-94
  • "Democracy in Ancient Greek Political Theory: 1906-2006," Polis, Vol. 23, No. 2 (2006), 350-67 [Special Edition devoted to the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ernest Barker's Political Thought of Plato and Aristotle, ed. Julia Stapleton]
  • "Human Rights as an Ethics of Power, " in Human Rights in the 'War on Terror', ed. Richard A. Wilson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005)
  • "R. L. Nettleship," "R. H. Crossman," "K. R. Popper" -- Intellectual biographies in
    Dictionary of British Classicists (London: Thoemmes Press, 2004)
  • "American Constitutionalism and Democratic Virtue", Ratio Juris, Vol. 15, No. 3 (2002), 219-41
  • "The Platonic Academy and Democracy," Polis, Vol. 19, Nos. 1-2 (2002), 7-28
  • "Plato's Socratic Problem, and Ours," History of Political Thought, Vol. 18 (Autumn,1997), 377-98
  • "Two Democracies and Virtue," in Euben, Wallach, Ober, eds., Athenian Political Thought and the Reconstruction of American Democracy (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994), 319-40
  • "Contemporary Aristotelianism," Political Theory, Vol. 20, No. 4 (1992), 613-41
  • "Socratic Citizenship," History of Political Thought, Vol. 9 (1988), 393-413
  • "Liberals, Communitarians, and the Tasks of Political Theory," Political Theory, Vol. 15, No. 4 (November, 1987), 581-611

Publications: Review Essays and Critical Commentary

  • “Dignity: The Last Bastion of Liberalism,” in Humanity, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Summer, 2013), 313-328
  • "Smith, Strauss, and Platonic Liberalism," Political Theory, Vol. 29 (June, 2001), 424-29
  • "Can Liberalism Be Virtuous?," Polity, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Fall, 2000), 163-74
  • "After Politics," on A. MacIntyre, After Virtue: An Essay in Moral Theory," Telos, No. 57 (Fall, 1983), 233-40
  • "Fearful Establishment," on S. Huntington, American Politics: The Promise of Disharmony," democracy, Vol. 3 (January, 1983), 117-128