Political Theory

Political Theory examines the ideas, principles, concepts, norms, and assumptions that inform and shape governance and political interactions. Political theorists analyze essential concepts in politics. These include democracy, freedom, liberty, resistance, equality, revolution, and power, to name only a few. To study political concepts, political theory draws upon a variety of approaches, such as historical, normative, post-colonial, analytic, feminist and queer, and empirical. In pursuing political theory, students learn to think clearly and reflectively about key political concepts and they develop frameworks for thinking evaluatively about pressing issues of the past, present, and future.  Faculty include:  Shirin Deylami, Charles Hoffman, Vicki Hsueh.