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Michael Promisel

Ph.D. Candidate
American Politics
Political Theory
Research Interests: 
History of Political Thought, American Political Development, Political Leadership, Virtue Ethics, Education, Political Literature, Catholic Social Thought, Religion and Politics

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Michael Promisel is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Michael's research is grounded in the history of political thought with particular focus on the classical and American traditions. His work draws on these traditions to reflect on timely questions concerning political leadership, virtue ethics, and the relationship between religion and politics. His dissertation, Paragons of Political Leadership, proposes a framework for understanding the ethical character of political leadership and includes chapters on Aristotle, Cicero, Machiavelli, and Thomas More. Michael's scholarship has appeared in the Review of PoliticsVoegelinViewand the American Journal of Political Science (forthcoming). 

Michael has taught courses on Sport & Politics and Political Leadership and served as a teaching assistant for courses covering the history of political thought and American political institutions. He serves as the graduate coordinator for the Political Theory Workshop at UW-Madison and graduate fellow for the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy. Michael received his B.A. in Government from the University of Virginia in 2014.