Hello! My name is Emma Slonina and I am a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Michigan State University, specializing in political theory.
I received my B.A. in political science and Hispanic studies from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in April 2012, and entered the Ph.D. program at Michigan State as a University Distinguished Fellow in Fall 2013. I earned my M.A. in Spring 2016 and the Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Postsecondary Education in Spring 2017. I will defend my dissertation in December 2019.
My research interests include women in political thought, citizenship and virtue, liberal education, and pedagogy. My dissertation focuses 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 served as the departmental steward to the Graduate Employees Union for four years and in various positions on the executive board of the Political Science Graduate Student Association. I regularly volunteer at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in the preparations department.
In my spare time, I can be found walking and hiking around Michigan and Georgia, shopping at Aldi, and stargazing.