Brianne Wolf is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science studying the relationship between judgment, liberty, and citizenship. Her dissertation, “Democratic Taste: Freedom, Citizenship, and the Development of Affective Judgment,” provides an account of the shifting understanding of taste and its relation to emerging commercial and democratic society in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. She examines how the development of taste as a form of affective judgment contributes to our understanding of political judgment, self-governance, and collective decision-making. Brianne's research interests include: judgment, aesthetics, the role of emotion in politics, history of political economy, and democratic theory.
Beginning in fall 2017, Brianne will be joining the History & Political Science Department at Ashland University as Assistant Professor of Political Economy and Director of the Political Economy program.
Brianne holds a BA with high honors ('10) in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from Michigan State University and an MA in Social Science ('11) from the University of Chicago. Her MA thesis was titled: Tocqueville’s Imagination: A New Political Science for the Art of Democracy.
"Best Thesis in Political Theory" in the UW-Political Science Department for her dissertation "Tasting Liberty: Affective Judgement in the Work of Rousseau, Smith, and Tocqueville."