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Nick Buccola

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Nick Buccola
Professor; Elizabeth and Morris Glicksman Chair in Political Science; Founding Director, Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights and Justice

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Professor Nick Buccola joined the Linfield faculty in 2007. His teaching and research interests are in Political Theory and Public Law. His first book, "The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass," was published by New York University Press and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. His second book, “The Essential Douglass,” was published by Hackett Publishing Company in March 2016. His third book, “Abraham Lincoln and Liberal Democracy,” was published in the distinguished American Political Thought series of the University Press of Kansas in March 2016. His scholarly essays have been published in a wide range of journals including The Review of Politics and The Journal of American Political Thought. His reviews and op-eds have been featured in a wide variety of publications including The New York Times, Salon, the Claremont Review of Books, and Dissent. Professor Buccola is a recipient of the Allen and Pat Kelley Faculty Scholar Award, a two-time recipient of the Samuel Graf Faculty Achievement Award, and a National Endowment of the Humanities Enduring Questions grant. His most recent book, "The Fire Is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America," was published by Princeton University Press and has been named a New York Times Editors' Choice and is a finalist for the Benjamin Hooks National Book Award.


  • B.A., B.S., Santa Clara University
  • M.A., University of Southern California
  • Ph.D., University of Southern California