Faculty & Speakers

Areas of Expertise

  • Plato and and Machiavelli
  • Political Philosophy
  • American Political Thought

J. Michael Hoffpauir

Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics, Hillsdale College

Areas of Expertise

  • Plato and and Machiavelli
  • Political Philosophy
  • American Political Thought

J. Michael Hoffpauir is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College, where he teaches courses in American politics and political philosophy. He previously taught courses in the history of political thought, postmodern political thought, and American politics at California State University Fullerton, University of Nevada Las Vegas, and California State University San Bernardino. Along with Mark Blitz, he wrote “Plato’s Political Thought” for the Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, and, along with Mark Blitz and Gayle McKeen, he edited Leo Strauss 1971-1972 Course on Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil for the Leo Strauss Center at the University of Chicago.

Mr. Hoffpauir has presented research on Machiavelli and Plato at the Southern Political Science Association, the Southwestern Political Science Association, the Western Political Science Association, and the American Political Science Association. He is currently working on a book manuscript that focuses on the namesake of Plato’s Crito in order to see what this character reveals about politics, both for ancient Athens and for America today. Mr. Hoffpauir received a B.A. in Political Science from Louisiana State University, an M.A. in Political Science from Boston College, and a Ph.D. with a focus on political philosophy and American politics from Claremont Graduate University.

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