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David Fott, Professor of Political Science

Professor Fott has translated Cicero’s On the Republic and On the Laws in an edition that contains an introduction, extensive notes, and a unique index of key terms (Cornell University Press, 2014). More information about that book may be found here. He is also writing a book on Cicero’s political philosophy. He is the author of John Dewey: America’s Philosopher of Democracy (Rowman and Littlefield, 1998) and articles and book chapters on Dewey, Cicero, Machiavelli, Montesquieu, US presidential power, and Jane Austen. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University and his AM and PhD from Harvard University.

At UNLV he has taught a wide range of classes in political theory and American political thought, as well as introductory courses in American politics and political science.

Professor Fott is founder and director of the Great Works Academic Certificate Program at UNLV, which provides undergraduates the opportunity to take part in a conversation with some of the best thinkers of all time.


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Mailing address: Box 455029, 4505 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, Nevada  89154-5029


Department of Political Science