Richard Avramenko (Ph.D. Georgetown, 2005) has taught both Political Science and Integrated Liberal Studies at the University of Wisconsin since the Fall of 2005. His main areas of interest are ancient and continental political thought. He teaches Western Culture: Political, Economic, and Social Thought, Tocqueville's Democracy in America, Politics and Literature, Ancient and Medieval Political Thought, the Romance of War, Nietzsche, Methods of Political Theory, or whatever strikes him as interesting and appropriate.
Avramenko has written articles on topics such as Plato, Aristotle, Dostoevsky, St. Augustine, Tocqueville, Nietzsche, Voegelin, Heidegger, Canadian identity politics, mortgage and housing policy. He is the author of Courage: The Politics of Life and Limb, and has co-edited books on friendship (Friendship and Politics: Essays in Political Thought), Dostoevsky (Dostoevsky's Political Thought), and is currently working on a new book manuscript: The Crush of Democracy: Tocqueville and the Egalitarian Mind.
When not thinking deep thoughts, Avramenko can be found marathon training somewhere by Lake Monona, biking somewhere in southern Dane County, drinking coffee and writing at Barriques, golfing, SCUBA diving in British Columbia, or just generally being "a kaleidoscopic man, a man of many different humors, fair and colorful as the city itself" (Republic, Book VIII).
Avramenko, Richard. (2016) "The Grammar of Indifference Tocqueville and the Language of Democracy." Political Theory.
Richard Avramenko, and Melissa Schwatzberg, eds. "Symposium: Jeffrey E. Green’s The Eyes of the People: Democracy in an Age of Spectatorship." Political Theory 42:2 (2014): 188-217.
Richard Avramenko, "Democratic Dystopia: Tocqueville and the American Penitentiary System." Polity (2014) Volume 46 (1): 56-80.
Richard Avramenko, "Freedom from Freedom: On the Metaphysics of Liberty in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment," in Dostoevsky's Political Thought, Richard Avramenko and Lee Trepanier, eds. (Lexington Books, 2013).
Richard Avramenko, “Of Homesteaders and Orangemen: An Archeology of Western Canadian Political Identity” (in Hunting and Weaving: Essays on Empirical Political Thought, St. Augustine Press, Summer, 2013)
Richard Avramenko, and Jingcai Ying, "Dostoevsky's Heroines: Or, on the Compassion of the Russian Woman," in Dostoevsky's Political Thought, Richard Avramenko and Lee Trepanier, eds. (Lexington Books, 2013).
Richard Avramenko, and Lee Trepanier (eds.), Dostoevsky's Political Thought (Lexington Books, 2013).
Richard Avramenko, "Tocqueville and the Religion of Democracy." Perspectives on Political Science, vol. 41:3, 125-137. 2012
Richard Avramenko, Courage: The Politics of Life and Limb (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011)
Richard Avramenko 2009. "The Road to Perplexity: The Temporal-Ontological Presence of Nowness in Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time." International Political Anthropology 2:2.
Honored Instructor Award, UW-Madison Housing
The Herbert & Evelyn Howe Bascom Professor in Integrated Liberal Studies