Mahmoud Youness

Political Science & Peace Studies

Mahmoud Youness (political science & peace studies) studied neural and behavioral sciences (M.Sc.) at the Max Planck Research School in Tuebingen, Germany, and Philosophy (M.A.) at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He taught philosophy and civilization studies at AUB prior to coming to Notre Dame.


Mahmoud researches issues of moral psychology and epistemology and their ramifications in political decision-making. In pursuing these questions, he aims to appeal to modern psychology, ethology, and neurobiology. He also draws his research from the philosophy of Rawls, Aristotle and the Aristotelian tradition (especially in the hands of Islamic philosophers). Mahmoud is a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow.