(B.A., summa cum laude, Amherst College; MA and Ph.D., Princeton University, 1987)
Packey J. Dee Professor of Political Theory.
University of Notre Dame
Villa specializes in political theory and the history of political thought, with an emphasis on nineteenth and twentieth century Continental political theory and philosophy. He is the author of Arendt and Heidegger: The Fate of the Political (Princeton University Press, 1996), which has been translated into Japanese and Korean (French and German editions are forthcoming); Politics, Philosophy, Terror: Essays on the Thought of Hannah Arendt (Princeton University Press, 1999); and Socratic Citizenship (Princeton University Press, 2001). Villa is also the editor of several volumes, including The Cambridge Companion to Hannah Arendt (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and (with Austin Sarat) Liberal Modernism and Democratic Individualism (Princeton University Press, 1996). His essays have appeared in such journals as Political Theory, The American Political Science Review, Constellations, New German Critique, and The Review of Politics. He has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Princeton University Center for Human Values; the Institute for Advanced Study; the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS);and the American Academy in Berlin, where he was a Fellow in 2002. Internationally recognized for his work on Hannah Arendt, he has given lectures (during the academic year 2006-07) in Berlin, Paris, New York, Helsinki, Oslo, Leiden and Tel Aviv to help mark the centenary of her birth. A new book entitled Public Freedom is forthcoming from Princeton University Press in 2008.