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Vickie B. Sullivan

Professor of Political Science, Tufts University

Vickie Sullivan is the Cornelia M. Jackson Professor of Political Science and teaches and studies political thought and philosophy. She also maintains teaching and research interests in politics and literature. Her most recent book is "Montesquieu and the Despotic Ideas of Europe" published by the University of Chicago Press in 2017. She is also the author of "Machiavelli, Hobbes, and the Formation of a Liberal Republicanism in England" published by Cambridge University Press in 2004 and issued in paperback in 2006; and of "Machiavelli’s Three Romes: Religion, Human Liberty, and Politics Reformed" published by Northern Illinois University Press in 1996 and reissued by Cornell University Press in paperback in 2020.

She has also edited two volumes: "The Comedy and Tragedy of Machiavelli: Essays on the Literary Works" published by Yale University Press in 2000; and "Shakespeare’s Political Pageant: Essays in Politics and Literature," with Joseph Alulis, published by Rowman & Littlefield Press in 1996.

Her articles have appeared in The American Political Science Review, History of European Ideas, History of Political Thought, Political Theory, Polity, and Review of Politics. Her current project is tentatively entitled "Modern Empires, Political and Philosophical."


  • –present
    Professor of Political Science, Tufts University