Michael Illuzzi

Associate Professor

Faculty Michael Ulluzzi

Michael's areas of academic focus and expertise include: issues of inequality and justice, American political thought, U.S. republicanism, alternative visions of the American Dream, Abraham Lincoln, and Progressivism. At Lesley, he teaches the following courses: Introduction to Political Science, U.S. Politics, Contemporary Political Thought, Elections and Democracy, U.S. Constitutional Law, and HBO's "The Wire": The Politics of U.S. Urban Inequality. 

Michael holds a BS from Georgetown University and a PhD from the University of Minnesota. 


  • Michael J. Illuzzi. 2014. “Lincoln’s “Race of Life” Is Not the American Dream of Equal Opportunity,” American Political Thought: A Journal of Ideas, Institutions and Culture 3 (Fall): 228-253.
  • “Equality,” The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, ed., Michael T. Gibbons, Diana Coole, Elisabeth Ellis, and Kennan Ferguson (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).  
  • Lawrence R. Jacobs and Michael Illuzzi. 2004.  “In the Shadow of 9/11: Health Care Reform in the 2004 Presidential Election,” The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 32(3)(Fall): 454-460.