Professor (2005)

Professor Zakaras specializes in political philosophy and the history of political thought. His research interests include American individualism, liberalism and its history, democracy and democratic citizenship, and the political ideas of the nineteenth century. He is the author of The Roots of American Individualism: Political Myth In the Age of Jackson (Princeton University Press, 2022),  and Individuality and Mass Democracy: Mill, Emerson, and the Burdens of Citizenship (Oxford University Press, 2009). He is also co-editor of J.S. Mill's Political Thought: A Bicentennial Reassessment, published by Cambridge University Press in 2007.

Hear Alex Zakaras on Public Radio:

- Discussing Emerson's "Self-Reliance" on NPR's On Point
- Discussing Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" on Wisconsin Public Radio

Alex Zakaras headshot in front of novel wooden structure

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Political theory: American political thought, democratic theory, nineteenth-century political thought


  • B.A., Harvard University
  • Ph.D., Princeton University


  • 802-656-8229
Office Location:

Old Mill Room 525