Michael Promisel

Ph.D. Candidate: Political Theory | American Politics



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Research Interests:

History of Political Thought, American Political Development, Political Leadership, Virtue Ethics, Education, Politics & Literature, Catholic Social Thought, Religion and Politics


Michael Promisel is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Michael’s research draws on the traditions of ancient, Medieval, and American political thought to reflect on timely questions concerning leadership, virtue, and religion and politics. His dissertation, Paragons of Political Leadership, proposes a framework for understanding the ethical character of political leadership and includes chapters on Aristotle, Cicero, Machiavelli, Christine de Pizan, and Thomas More. Michael’s scholarship has appeared in the Review of PoliticsVoegelinViewand the American Journal of Political Science .

Michael has served as the instructor of record for courses on Critical Thinking & Rhetoric, Sport & Politics, and Political Leadership and as a teaching assistant for courses covering the history of political thought and American political institutions. He serves as the graduate coordinator for the Political Theory Workshop at UW-Madison and graduate fellow for the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy. Michael received his B.A. in Government from the University of Virginia in 2014.


Paragons of Political Leadership

Dissertation committee

Richard Avramenko; Dan Kapust; Paula Gottlieb; Adam Nelson; John Zumbrunnen


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).


PS 460 Sports and Politics Fall 2017-2018



Institute for Humane Studies Ph.D. Scholarship