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Dana Villa
  • 2011-2012 CEPA Faculty Fellow


Dana Villa is Packey Dee Professor of Political Theory at the University of Notre Dame. Villa earned his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in 1987 and is the author of four books: Public Freedom (Princeton University Press, 2008), Socratic Citizenship (Princeton University Press, 2001), Politics, Philosophy, Terror (Princeton University Press, 1999), and Arendt and Heidegger: the Fate of the Political (Princeton University Press, 1995). He is also the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Hannah Arendt (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and the co-editor of Liberal Modernism and Democratic Individuality (Princeton University Press, 1996). In addition to his books, he has authored over 40 articles and reviews.

Professor Villa has previously held senior positions at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was a visiting professor in the Government Department at Harvard University in 2002-3 and again in 2008-9. He has held fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the Center for Human Values at Princeton. He specializes in the history of political thought and 19th and 20th century continental philosophy.

The Murphy Institute

Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), The Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.