Assistant Professor of Political Science
Areas of Expertise: Democracy and the history of democracy, history of political thought from ancient Greece until present, American political thought, politics and literature, liberal education.
- The Necessary Traumas of Liberal Education: discussing the politics of liberal education and the importance of disruption and discomfort
- Living a Democratic Life: discussing the original meaning of democracy and the challenges to democratic politics today
- Poetics of American Citizenship: discussing contemporary literary responses to the shortcomings of democratic inclusion and participation in the U.S.
About Joel Alden Schlosser
Professor Schlosser is a political theorist and his research follows the late Sheldon Wolin (his teacher’s teacher) by seeking to make the history of political thought relevant to the present. In all of his research he strives to provide a way to understand and to criticize contemporary political life by using the concepts and vocabulary that since antiquity have sustained concern for what Wolin called “the possibilities of collectivity, common action and shared purpose.” This commitment has led to sustained research into the ancient Athenian democracy as well as contemporary democracies, in particular the latter’s ongoing struggles with inclusion, diversity, and equality. Employing a range of humanistic approaches, Joel draws on philosophical, historical, and literary sources to open new ways of theorizing contemporary political phenomena such as race, neoliberalism, critique