Michelle Schwarze

Position title: Associate Professor | Political Theory

Email: mschwarze@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 263-2032

201C North Hall

Affiliated with Center for European Studies, Center for Early Modern Studies, and Integrated Liberal Studies


Ph.D. in Political Science, University of California-Davis, 2013

M.A. in Political Science, University of Californian-Davis, 2011

B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, University of Nevada, 2008

Research Interests:

Modern Political Thought (esp. 18th century), Liberalism, History of Political Economy, Economic Inequality, Scottish Enlightenment, Sentimentalism, Adam Smith


Michelle Schwarze is an Associate Professor of Political Science. Her research focuses on the intersection of moral psychology and political theory, especially in the eighteenth century and in Adam Smith’s works. Her first book Recognizing Resentment (CUP, 2020) argued that the resentment we feel on behalf of others is central to justice and the recognition and protection of equal rights in a liberal society. (You can hear more about this book on The Political Theory Review and the New Books Network podcasts.) Her research has been published in the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, American Political Thought, and Polity and she currently serves on the executive board of the International Adam Smith Society

She is currently at work on a new book project on Judith Shklar’s skeptical liberalism, as well as manuscripts on romantic freedom in Adam Smith’s thought and the moral psychology of Gouverneur Morris’s nationalism.


PS 160 Introduction to Political Theory Spring 2022

PS 931 Rousseau on Education Spring 2022

PS 461 Economic Inequality in Modern Political Thought Fall 2022

PS 986 Political Theory Workshop Fall 2019-2020

PS 986 Political Theory Workshop Spring 2018-2019

PS 360 History of American Political Thought Spring 2018-2019

PS 160 Introduction to Political Theory Spring 2018-2019

PS 986 Political Theory Workshop Fall 2018-2019

PS 931 Seminar-Political Theory Adam Smith’s Political Thought Fall 2018-2019

PS 986 Political Theory Workshop Spring 2017-2018

PS 931 Economic Inequality in Modern Political Thought Spring 2017-2018

PS 160 Introduction to Political Theory Spring 2017-2018

PS 506 Economic Inequality in Political Theory Spring 2016-2017

PS 502 The Development of Modern Western Political Thought Spring 2016-2017

PS 900 Economic Inequality in Modern Political Thought Fall 2016-2017

PS 506 Is Inequality Good? Fall 2015-2016

PS 400 Legitimacy and American Democracy Fall 2015-2016