Title: Assistant Professor
Joint Appt: Integrated Liberal Studies
Office: 201E North Hall
Office Hours: https://kb.wisc.edu/polisci/page.php?id=28163
Keywords: Ancient, Continental, Literature, Tocqueville
Richard Avramenko (Ph.D. Georgetown, 2005) has taught both Political Science and Integrated Liberal Studies at the University of Wisconsin since the Fall of 2005. His main areas of interest are ancient and continental political thought. He teaches Western Culture: Political, Economic, and Social Thought, Tocqueville's Democracy in America, Politics and Literature, Ancient and Medieval Political Thought, the Romance of War, Nietzsche, Methods of Political Theory, or whatever strikes him as interesting and appropriate (teaching schedule).
Avramenko has written articles on topics such as Plato, Aristotle, Dostoevsky, St. Augustine, Tocqueville, Nietzsche, Voegelin, Heidegger, and Canadian identity politics. His book, Courage: The Politics of Life and Limb, was recently released by the University of Notre Dame Press. He has co-edited a book on friendship (Friendship and Politics: Essays in Political Thought), and is currently working on a new book manuscript: The Crush of Democracy: Tocqueville and the Egalitarian Mind.
When not thinking deep thoughts, Avramenko can be found marathon training somewhere by Lake Monona, biking somewhere in southern Dane County, drinking coffee and writing at Barriques, golfing, SCUBA diving in Belize, or just generally being "a kaleidoscopic man, a man of many different humors, fair and colorful as the city itself" (Republic, Book VIII).