Katherine M. Robiadek

Faculty in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area

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My name is Katherine (Katie) M. Robiadek and my recent Ph.D. in political theory is from the Department of Political Science at University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW-Madison). After a year as permanent Faculty Lecturer in Boston University’s Core Curriculum with a joint-appointment in Political Science, I am now Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, where I direct the campus Center for Civic Engagement.

My broad training in history of ancient through contemporary political thought began as an undergraduate "great books" major in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy at the small, residential James Madison College of Public Affairs at Michigan State University and The Honors College. My doctoral research examines egalitarian political theories, including my dissertation, “A Renaissance of Imagination: On Democratic Implications of Creativity in Early Modern Political Philosophy,” for which I was in residence at UW-Madison's Institute for Research in the Humanities as a Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow.

I have published in journals like Political Theory, Democracy and Security, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, the Journal of Medical Internet Research, & Monatshefte für deutschsprachige Literatur und Kultur.

I have presented my work at the American Political Science Association (APSA), Association for Political Theory, Renaissance Society of America, Sixteenth Century Society & Conference (through which my paper won the 2021 Meyer Prize), and The Philosophy, Politics, & Economics Society. Addedly, I was invited to present at the scholarly symposium, On Human Nature: Machiavelli's 'Mandrake' at 500 and collaborated with a grant-funded group on a series of UW-Madison Center for Humanities Borghesi-Mellon Workshops on (Re)Imagining Empire.

My work in democratic theory includes published research on civic, political outcomes for student leaders of campus organizations at higher education institutions across the U.S. This is a project of the Consortium for Inter-Campus Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research, as supported by the APSA's organized section on Political Science Education. This work directly relates to my administration of the Wisconsin Experience Grant, which funds registered organizations for their student leaders to develop educational events with a structured learning component related to the UW-Madison Leadership Framework on whose Coordination Team I served.