Josh Vandiver

Josh Vandiver

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Political Theory 

Curriculum Vitae


Room:NQ 262

About Josh Vandiver

Dr. Vandiver joined the Political Science Department in the Fall of 2017. His research and teaching center upon American and global political thought, international law and statecraft, populism and radicalism, and the politics of identity in times of democratic decline and crisis. His recent research focuses upon transnational radical movements and their construction of political identities with racial, gendered, and economic aspects—ranging from Black Power and the radical right through European Identitarians and partisans of cryptoassets like Bitcoin. 

His broader areas of interest include classical Greco-Roman thought and its modern impact, geopolitics and grand strategy, metapolitics and misinformation, violence and religion, indigeneity and postcolonialism, and masculinity studies. He has also developed an enthusiasm for online education in political science and the humanities.

Dr. Vandiver has taught Issues in International Relations (POLS 610), Western Political Theory (POLS 615), and Global Political Thought (POLS 616) for the MA program. At the undergraduate level, he has taught Early Western Political Thought (POLS 312), Modern Western Political Thought (POLS 313), Masculinity and Politics (POLS 450), Minority Group Politics (POLS 475), and International Law (POLS 490). He has also offered topical courses on fascism, extremism, populism, and political film. For the Honors College, he teaches the Politics of Bitcoin and Cryptoassets (HONR 390).

 Professional Experience
  • Ball State University: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, (2017-Present)
  • Williams College: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, (2015-2017)
  • University of Chicago: Lecturer, Department of Political Science, (2014-2015)
  • Princeton University: David A. Gardner '69 Fellow & Lecturer, Humanities Council & Writing Program (2013-2014)
  • Princeton University: George W. Perkins Fellow & Lecturer, Humanities Council & Writing Program (2012-2013)



  • Ph.D.     Politics Department,  Princeton University
  • M.A.      Politics Department,  Princeton University
  • Lord Harlech Fellow  New College,  Oxford University
  • A.B.      Department of Government,   Harvard University


Selected Research and Publications

Journal Articles

  • Vandiver, J. (2021) “Apollo Has Saved Us!’: Global Ambition and Metapolitical Warfare in Alt-Right Religion,” Journal for the Study of Radicalism 15 (2)

  • Vandiver, J. (2020) "Alt-Virilities: Masculinism, Rhizomatics, and the Contradictions of the American Alt-Right," Politics, Religion & Ideology 21 (2), pp. 153–176

  • Vandiver, J. (2018) “The Radical Roots of the Alt-Right,” in Political Extremism and Radicalism in the Twentieth Century: Far-Right and Left Political Groups in US, Europe and Australia (Cengage)
  • Vandiver, J. (2016) “Plato in Folsom Prison: Eldridge Cleaver, Black Power, Queer Classicism,” Political Theory 44 (6), pp. 764–796
  • Vandiver, J. (2014) “Xenophon contra Plato: Citizen Motivation and Socratic Biography,” Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought 31 (1), pp. 74–102

Book Chapters

  • Vandiver, J. (Forthcoming in 2022) “Manospheres: Masculinist and Identitarian Challenges to Global Governance,” in José Pedro Zúquete and Riccardo Marchi (eds.), Global Identitarianism (under contract with Routledge, anticipated spring 2022)
  • Vandiver, J. (2021) "Metapolitics, Masculinity, and Technology in the Rise of 'Bronze Age Pervert'," in A. James McAdams & Alejandro Castrillon (eds.), Far Right Thinkers and the Future of Liberal Democracy in the Twenty-First Century (London: Routledge)

Book Reviews

  • Vandiver, J. (2019) Review of The Socratic Way of Life: Xenophon’s Memorabilia, by Thomas L. Pangle, Perspectives on Politics 17:4 (December)

Honors and Awards

  • Bruce D. Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization Summer Fellowship, University of Colorado Boulder (2019)
  • Student Government Association Outstanding Faculty Award, Ball State (2018)
  • Huntington Library Research Fellowship, San Marino, California (2013)
  • Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni (APGA) Teaching Award (2012)
  • Stanley J. Seeger Fellowship, Hellenic Studies, Princeton (2005-2010)
  • Lord Harlech Fellowship, New College, Oxford (2004-2005)
  • Newbold Rhinelander Landon Scholarship, Harvard (2004)
  • Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, Harvard (2003)

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Pol Theory 270 1 1300 - 1350 M W F NQ, room 039
Mod West Pol Thought 313 1 1400 - 1450 M W F NQ, room 291
Masculinity and Poli 450 1 1200 - 1250 M W F NQ, room 083