Professor of Social Thought and Political Science and in the College

(773) 702-8064
Foster 316

Professor Tarcov's scholarly interests include history of political theory, education and family in political theory, and principles of US foreign policy. Aside from the books listed below, he has published numerous pieces on Machiavelli, Locke, the American Founding, Leo Strauss, and topics such as democracy, constitutionalism, and revolution.

Tarcov has been recognized for excellence in undergraduate teaching, receiving the University's Quantrell Award in 1997.


Locke's Education for Liberty (1984)

Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy, tr. with Harvey C. Mansfield (1996)

John Locke's Some Thoughts Concerning Education and Conduct of the Understanding, ed. with Ruth Grant (1996)

The Legacy of Rousseau, ed. with Clifford Orwin (1997)


Plato's Republic Three Erotic Dialogues: Plato's Symposium

Xenophon's Symposium, and Plutarch's Erotikus

Machiavelli's Prince and Discourses

Machiavelli and the Arthashastra (with Wendy Doniger)

Boccaccio's Decameron (with Glenn Most)

Early American Novels (with Mark Payne)

Leo Strauss and the Crisis of Historicism (with Linda Zerilli)