Hello! My name is Emma Slonina and I am a fifth-year PhD candidate in political science at Michigan State University, specializing in political theory.
I received my BA in political science and Hispanic studies from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in April 2012, and entered the PhD program at Michigan State as a University Distinguished Fellow in fall 2013. Over the course of my program, I have earned a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Postsecondary Education.
My research interests include women in political thought, citizenship and virtue, philosophy and liberal education, and pedagogy. My dissertation will focus on Rousseau’s novel, Julie, its relationship to Emile, and the role women’s education plays in its content and purpose.
I am enthusiastically engaged in undergraduate education and have taught courses online and in person, covering both empirical political science and political philosophy. Please see my “Teaching” page for my teaching philosophy and course syllabuses.
I am also active in departmental and university life. I currently serve as the departmental steward to the Graduate Employees Union and as the president of the Political Science Graduate Student Association. I also regularly volunteer at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in the preparations department.
In my spare time, I can be found walking around MSU’s beautiful campus and local natural areas, baking various treats, and traveling.