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Postdoctoral Fellows


Joshua Bandoch:

Joshua Bandoch earned his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame in 2012. He will be the 2014-16 American Democracy Forum Postdoctoral Fellow. From 2012-2014 he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Political Theory Project at Brown University. His research and teaching interests include the history of political thought (especially Modern), American Political Thought, Constitutionalism, liberalism, and Montesquieu. Bandoch has published articles and chapters on various aspects of Montesquieu's political thought (including his selective religious intolerance and his concept of esprit) in venues like Political Studies as well as on subjects like American exceptionalism. He currently is writing a book that offers a comprehensive treatment of Montesquieu's political thought, and uses Montesquieu's framework to gain insight on historical events like the American Founding as well as contemporary cases. Bandoch won a teaching award at Brown University. He has taught classes on themes in the history of political thought and contemporary political philosophy such as Freedom, American Political Thought, and Ethics and Public Policy. 

Contact: bandoch@wisc.edu

Boriana Nikolova

Boriana Nikolova is getting her PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago and is currently a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at UW Madison. Her dissertation, "Poverty and Inequality after the Fall of Communism: From Economic Measures to Social Meanings and Perceptions" examines the historically based and sometimes counterintuitive meanings that poverty and inequality can assume in different countries and demonstrates the importance of these local meanings for understanding the effects of inequality and poverty. Her dissertation relies on in-depth interviews, media discourse, and popular culture sources to compare the popular perceptions of poverty and inequality in Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary.

View her CV here.

Contact: bnikolova@wisc.edu

Jonathan Schwartz

Jonathan P. Schwartz received his Ph.D. at Duke University in Spring, 2014. He is currently the postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy. His research interests focus on contemporary, continental, and environmental political theory, with an emphasis on questions of agency, citizenship, and political judgment. His teaching interests include contemporary, continental, environmental, modern, ancient, democratic political theory, american political thought, political economy, and religion and politics. Current work includes a book manuscript, Hannah Arendt's Theory of Political Judgment (under review), and an article, "Beyond the Action/Instrumentality Dichotomy: Rethinking the Meaning of Political Action for Arendt" (under review), along with a number of other working papers, etc. This semester he is teaching Political Economy and Liberal Democracy, and next semester he is teaching Environmental Political Thought.

View his CV here.

Contact: jschwartz8@wisc.edu

Michelle Schwarze

Michelle Schwarze earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis in 2013. For 2013-16, She will be the Jack Miller Postdoctoral Fellow in the Benjamin Franklin Initiative in the American Democracy Forum. Her research  focuses on moral motivation in Scottish Enlightenment moral and political thought, as well as the psychological mechanisms behind altruism and reciprocity. Her dissertation investigates how violent passions become beneficial motives in the moral and political thought of David Hume and Adam Smith, as well as the role violent passions play in the development of moral character for Immanuel Kant. 

View her CV and other information at her personal web site: http://michelleschwarze.weebly.com