Political Theory

Political theory is an integral part of the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, and our current faculty continues a long tradition of intellectual openness and methodological diversity.  Faculty research and teaching cover a broad historical range and reflect the thematic diversity of political theory.

Students interested in pursuing graduate studies at Wisconsin will find a rigorous and exciting intellectual environment. Through coursework, research, and active participation in our Political Theory Workshop, our students acquire a broad knowledge of the history of political thought, become conversant with the central issues and debates animating the field today, and learn to embrace political theory as a vocation. The program is very selective, admitting only a small number of students each year. Faculty thus mentor only a few graduate students, actively fostering the professional development and scholarly rigor necessary to continue our excellent placement record.

Political Theory Faculty

Richard Avramenko

Position title: Professor | Political Theory

Daniel Kapust

Position title: Professor | Judith Hicks Stiehm Chair in Political Theory

Keisha Lindsay

Position title: Associate Professor | Political Theory

Michelle Schwarze

Position title: Associate Professor | Political Theory

Howard Schweber

Position title: Professor: American Politics | Political Theory

John Zumbrunnen

Position title: Professor and Director, American Democracy Forum | Political Theory