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Vincent Phillip Muñoz

Professor, Political Philosophy


Dr. Vincent Phillip Muñoz is a professor of political philosophy for the TFAS Asia program. He is also the Tocqueville associate professor of political science and concurrent associate professor of law at the University of Notre Dame. He is the founding director of Notre Dame’s undergraduate minor in constitutional studies and also directs Notre Dame’s Tocqueville Program for Inquiry into Religion and Public Life.

Muñoz writes and teaches across the fields of constitutional law, American politics and political philosophy with a focus on religious liberty and the American Founding. His first book, “God and the Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson” won the Hubert Morken Award from the American Political Science Association for the best publication on religion and politics in 2009 and 2010. His First Amendment church-state case reader, “Religious Liberty and the American Supreme Court: The Essential Cases and Documents” was first published in 2013 and is being used at Notre Dame and other leading universities. In 2019, he joined the editorial team of American Constitutional Law, the leading constitutional law casebooks designed for undergraduate instruction. Articles from that project have appeared in American Political Science Review, The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Notre Dame Law Review, American Political Thought and the University of Pennsylvania’s Journal of Constitutional Law.

An award-winning teacher and a popular lecturer, Dr. Muñoz has spoken at over 70 colleges and universities in the past several years. He received his Bachelor of Arts at Claremont McKenna College, his Master of Arts at Boston College and his doctorate at Claremont Graduate School.