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 the University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW-Madison). After a year as permanent Faculty Lecturer in Boston University’s Core Curriculum, I am now Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, where I direct the Martha E. Church Center for Civic Engagement.

My broad training in the history of ancient through contemporary political thought began as an undergraduate "great books" major in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy at the small, residential James Madison College of Public Affairs at Michigan State University and The Honors College. My doctoral research focuses on egalitarian political theories, including my dissertation, "A Renaissance of Imagination: On Democratic Implications of Creativity in Early Modern Political Philosophy." During 2018-2019, I was in residence at the UW-Madison Institute for Research in the Humanities as a Dana-Allen Dissertation Fellow.

I have published in journals such as Political Theory, Democracy and Security, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, the Journal of Medical Internet Research, and 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, and The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Society. Additionally, I was invited to present at the scholarly symposium, On Human Nature: Machiavelli's 'Mandrake' at 500 and collaborated with a grant-funded group to organize 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. and Europe. This project is conducted through the Consortium for Inter-Campus Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research (CISR), which is 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.