Samuel PiccoloFaculty

Assistant Professor in Political Science

I am a political theorist, and received my PhD from Notre Dame in 2023. I work mainly on the relation between North American Indigenous political thought and Western philosophy, and am at work on a book about this subject. My peer-reviewed work has appeared in venues including American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, European Journal of Political Theory, and Security Studies. I’m from Ridgeville, Ontario, Canada, and was formerly on staff at the Voice of Pelham, where I wrote news, features, and personal essays. In 2019, I received the Dalton Camp Award, a prize given by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting for the best essay on media and democracy. You can visit my website at

At Gustavus, I teach classes on Native American politics, race and politics, and political theory. I'm happy to speak with students about any subjects, but especially philosophy, music, literature, film, history, and sport.


PhD, MA, University of Notre Dame. BA, Brock University

Courses Taught

POL-120 (Native American Pol) and POL-275 (Politics of Race and Racism)