James Nichols, Ph.D.

Professor of Government, Dr. Jules L. Whitehill Professor of Humanism and Ethics



Areas of Expertise

Political Philosophy


B.A., Yale College, 1966; study in Paris, 1969-1970; Ph.D., Cornell University, 1971. Andrew Dickson White Fellow; Earhart Fellow; Danforth Fellow.

Awards and Affiliations

Phi Beta Kappa

American Political Science Association

Dr. Jules L. Whitehill Professor of Humanism and Ethics, Claremont McKenna College

Avery Fellow to Claremont Graduate University

Research and Publications

Alexandre Kojève: Wisdom at the End of History, by James H. Nichols, Jr., in the series Twentieth Century Political Thinkers (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007).

Gorgias and Phaedrus by Plato, translated with introduction, notes, and interpretative essays by James H. Nichols, Jr. (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1998). The Gorgias and Phaedrus were simultaneously published as two separate paperbacks, also from Cornell University Press.

From Political Economy to Economics --- And Back?, edited by James H. Nichols, Jr. and Colin Wright (San Francisco: Institute for Contemporary Studies, 1990).

"Technology in Classical Thought" in Technology in the Western Political Tradition, edited by Arthur M. Melzer, Jerry Weinberger, and M. Richard Zinman (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1993).

Epicurean Political Philosophy: The De rerum natura of Lucretius, by James H. Nichols, Jr. (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1976). Chinese translation (Beijing, People’s Republic of China: Huaxia Publishing House, 2004).

and by appointment
Thursday 2:30-4:00
Tuesday 2:30-4:00
Wednesday 1:30-2:30