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Richard Avramenko

Associate Professor
Political Theory
Affiliated with Chair, Integrated Liberal Studies
Research Interests: 
Ancient Political Theory, Civic and Liberal Education, Continental, Democratic Theory, Free Speech, Liberalism, Literature, Modern Political Theory, Philanthropy, Political Economy, Sports, Tocqueville
Office Location: 
201E North Hall
Office Hours: 
Spring 2018: Monday, 1:00-3:00 (203 Meikeljohn House)
(608) 263-2292



Avramenko, R. and Promisel, M. (2018), "When Toleration Becomes a Vice: Naming Aristotle's Third Unnamed Virtue" (American Journal of Political Science 64:4, p. 849-860).

Aristocratic Souls in Democratic TimesEdited by Richard Avramenko and Ethan Alexander-Davey (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018)

Avramenko, Richard and Stengl, Noah. “Looking Down Tocqueville’s Nose: On the Problem of Aristocratic Etiquette in Democratic Times. In  Aristocratic Souls in Democratic Times, edited by Richard Avramenko and Ethan Alexander-Davey, 275-296. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2018.

Avramenko, Richard and Bunting, Thomas. "Sportsmanship and Politics: Xenophon on Ponos and Democratic Competition," Perspectives on Political Science, July 2017.

Richard Avramenko, "The Gnostic and the Spoudaios: Voegelin, Aristotle and the Science of the Soul," Political Science Reviewer 41. no. 1 (2017)

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.