Mary M. Keys

Mary M.  Keys
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Associate Professor
  • Residential Fellow (2015-2016)
  • "Pride, Politics, and Philosophy: The City of God and Augustine’s Apologia for Humility"

Mary M. Keys is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, where she is also a Fellow of the Medieval Institute and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. Her research and teaching interests span a broad spectrum of political theory and history of political philosophy, with a special focus in Christianity, ethics, and political thought.

Professor Keys is the author of Aquinas, Aristotle, and the Promise of the Common Good (Cambridge University Press, 2006; paperback 2008). She is the author of articles that have appeared in the American Journal of Political ScienceHistory of Political ThoughtPerspectives on Political Science, and Quaestiones Disputatae, as well as of several book chapters and book reviews. She has served as consultant or manuscript reviewer for Cambridge University Press, Northwestern University Press, The Catholic University of America Press, University of Rochester Press, Routledge Press, The Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Political Theory, Political Research Quarterly, Law and Religion, The Review of Politics, American Political ThoughtDiametros, and The Thomist. Currently she serves on the editorial board of the academic monograph series Rochester Studies in Medieval Political Thought, The University of Rochester Press, and on the Faculty Advisory Board of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture.

Professor Keys’s research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Earhart Foundation, the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion at the University of Chicago, the National Association of Scholars, the Erasmus Institute, and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts of Notre Dame. She has held visiting research positions at the University of Chicago’s Martin Marty Center and at Harvard University’s Center for the Study of Constitutional Government in the Government Department. Professor Keys has received an Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the University of Notre Dame and a Best Paper in Politics and Literature Award from the American Political Science Association. In 2012 she gave a series of invited lectures at China’s Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and in 2014 invited lectures in Philosophy and Humanities at Emory University.