Xavier Marquez

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Head of School School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations


Teaching in 2020

Research interests

History of political thought, political philosophy and political theory, authoritarianism and dictatorship


  • BS Duke
  • MA Northern Illinois
  • PhD Notre Dame


Xavier Márquez is a Senior Lecturer in Political Theory and Political Science. His recent research focuses on non-democratic politics, including authoritarianism, dictatorship, and non-democratic political thought. He is also interested in the history of democracy and democratic thought and has published on Michel Foucault, Hannah Arendt, John Rawls, and ancient Greek and Roman thought.

Current research

Xavier’s current research focuses on non-democratic politics. He recently completed a book on this topic (“Non-democratic Politics: Authoritarianism, Dictatorship, and Democratization”), and continues to work on questions concerning the emergence and development of cults of personality and other forms of charismatic authority, especially in non-democratic contexts. He is also interested on the history of democracy and democratic thought, and is currently researching ways to mine large-scale textual corpora to gain insight into this history.

Thesis supervision

Xavier is interested in supervising graduate research at both the Masters and Doctoral level in the following broad areas:

  • Authoritarianism, dictatorship, and other forms of non-democratic politics
  • Democratic political theory
  • The history of democratic and anti-democratic political thought
  • Ancient political thought
  • Liberal and anti-liberal political thought
  • Comparative political thought
  • The political theory of surveillance, power, and visibility

Selected Publications


Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Márquez, Xavier. 2018. “Max Weber’s Charismatic Democracy” in Xavier Márquez, ed. Democratic Moments. London: Bloomsbury Academic. Ungated preprint available here.
  • Márquez, Xavier. 2015. “Pluralism” in Janine Hayward, ed. New Zealand Government and Politics, chapter 2.1, pp. 74-83. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Márquez, Xavier. 2012. “Between Urbs and Orbis: Cicero’s Conception of the Political Community” in Walter Nicgorski, ed. Cicero’s Practical Philosophy: Nine Essays in Interpretation, chapter 8, pp. 181-211. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press. Preprint available here.
  • Márquez, Xavier. 2012. “Models of Political Community: The Nation-State and Other Stories” in Igor Filibi, Noé Cornago, and Jostin O. Frosini, eds. Democracy with(out) nations? Old and new foundations for political communities in a changing world, pp. 21-48. Bilbao: Basque Country University Press. Preprint available here.
  • Márquez, Xavier. 2011. “Reason and Persons in the Classical Greek World.” In J. L. Shaw and Michael Hemmingsen, eds. Human Beings and Freedom: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Kolkata: Punthi Pustak, pp. 316-325. An early version of this piece is found here.
  • Márquez, Xavier. 2010. “Virtue and the Commons.” In J. Boston, A. Bradstock and D. Eng, eds. Public Policy: Why Ethics Matters. Canberra: ANU E-Press, pp. 159-179.
  • Márquez, Xavier, and Walter Nicgorski. 2008. “La loi de la nature et la nature de la loi dans la pensée politique de Cicéron.” In Droit Naturel: Relancer L’Histoire?, pp. 157-192. Edited by L.-L. Christians, F. Coppens, X. Dijon, P. Favraux, G. Fiasse, J.-M. Logneaux and M. Ruol. Bruxelles: Bruylant.

See my most current CV here.

Work in progress and other writings

See Xavier’s website for information on research in progress and other writings.


Teaching in 2020