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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

Nicole Bonoff

Nicole will work with Professor Noam Lupu on running randomized control trial experiments of large foreign assistance programs and African politics.

Jonathan Schwartz

Jonathan Schwartz is the 2014-2016 postdoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy. His interests are in modern, contemporary, and continental political theory. He work focuses on the nature of political judgment, realism in political theory, and environmental political theory. In 2016, his book, Arendt's Judgment: Freedom, Responsibility, Citizenship, will be appearing with the University of Pennsylvania Press. He also has work appearing in the European Journal of Political Theory. He is currently developing projects on judgment and political theory, realism in political theory, and environmental political thought. He has taught course on modern ideologies, radical political economy, and environmental political theory. View his CV and Professional Materials 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 centers on the motivation for justice, and the institutions that engender and maintain it. As a political theorist interested in the history of political thought, her work primarily focuses on Scottish Enlightenment and other eighteenth century political theorists (especially the work of Adam Smith), but she is also broadly interested in relevant empirical research on the role of passions in political life. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of Politics and the American Political Science Review. Currently, she is working on a book, Violent Passions and Liberal Citizenship, which makes the case for the reconsideration of strongly felt, unsocial passions as vital motives for the duties of liberal citizenship.  View her CV and other information at her personal web site.