CEMS Director, 2020-2021

Daniel Kapust
Department of Political Science







M.A./Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999/2005

B.A. in Classical Languages and Literature, University of Maryland, 1998

B.A. in Government and Politics, University of Maryland, 1998

Research Interests:

American Political Thought, Ancient Political Theory, Contemporary Political Theory, Democratic Theory, Early Modern Political Thought, Liberalism, Modern Political Theory, Republicanism, Rhetoric and Political Theory, Scottish Enlightenment


Daniel Kapust received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005, and came to UW after six years in the Department of Political Science at The University of Georgia. Kapust’s research focuses on the history of political thought, especially Roman, Florentine, early modern, and 18th century, with thematic interests in rhetoric, empire, classical receptions, democratic theory, and the republican tradition.

His first book, Republicanism, Rhetoric, and Roman Political Thought: Sallust, Livy, and Tacitus, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011; his second book, Flattery in the History of Political Thought: That Glib and Oily Art, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. He has published  publication articles and chapters on Hobbes, Machiavelli, Rousseau, Cicero, Sallust, Livy, Lucretius, Smith, Tacitus, and 18th century American political thought, along with topics including flattery, republicanism, rhetoric, censorship, and political fear. His work has been published in the American Political Science ReviewJournal of Politics, Contemporary Political TheoryPolitical TheoryPolitical Studies, History of Political Thought, Journal of the History of Ideas, Democracy and Security, and the European Journal of Political Theory.

He is currently working on two new book projects: one on Lucretius and early modern political thought (The Lucretian Moment: Lucretius and the Politics of Early Modernity), the other on imperial republics (The Tragedy of an Imperial Republic). He is also the Director of the Political Economy, Philosophy, and Politics Certificate Program, and currently a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities.