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Rafael KhachaturianRafael Khachaturian
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Research & Teaching Interests: Modern and Contemporary Political Thought; Democratic Theory; Marxism and Critical Theory; History of the Social Sciences; American Political Thought and Development; Historical Sociology

Dissertation Title: "Discipline, Knowledge, and Critique: Marxist Theory and the Revival of the State in American Political Science, 1968-1989"

This dissertation is a study of the revival of interest in the concept of the state between the 1960s-1980s, after it had initially faded from prominence in the mid-twentieth century. I reconstruct this moment by focusing on how contemporary European neo-Marxist debates about the capitalist state were received and incorporated into the American social scientific context. I argue that through the influence of these discussions a renewed interest in the state provided a unique theoretical standpoint from which to critique the prevailing normative assumptions and practices within the field. I trace this influence by focusing on two research initiatives: the Social Science Research Council's "Committee on States and Social Structures," and the Woodrow Wilson Center's research project "Transitions from Authoritarian Rule." Through this critical genealogy, I suggest that discourses of the state can act as key vantage points for understanding the intersection of disciplinary identity, political power, and knowledge-producing practices in liberal democratic societies. 

Dissertation Committee: Jeffrey Isaac (Chair), William Scheuerman, Russell Hanson, William Rasch (Germanic Studies) (Defended August 2017)

Mitchell KrummMitchell Krumm
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My book project “Secession: When Should Self-Determination Mean Breaking Apart?” is currently under review at a major university press.  I am now turning to consider the conflation of individuals and groups as “persons” in recent Supreme Court rulings and American Constitutional Law.  I am also working on a project that investigates the different group understandings used by the Federalists and Anti-Federalists when they cited Montesquieu.  

I have taught a wide range of courses in American Politics (Introduction to American Politics, The American Presidency, The U.S. Congress, Elections 2016, American Public Policy, Religion and Politics), Political Theory (American Political Ideologies, Modern Political Thought, Revolutions and Political Development), and Law (Introduction to Law and I am slated to teach American Constitutional Law).  My courses routinely receive outstanding evaluations form students and faculty. 

Matthew KuchemMatthew Kuchem
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Research Interests: Liberalism and its dilemmas, federalism and polycentrism, democratic theory, public discourse, American political thought, religion in the public square, representation, American political institutions.

My current research revolves around the nexus of liberalism, pluralism, and polycentric self-governance, especially in the U.S context. My dissertation is concerned with the tension between liberty and social-political cohesiveness. I posit that a properly configured polycentric political system with multiple centers of decision-making authority is ideally suited for a complex, pluralistic society because it effectively organizes overlapping communities in a way that responsibly maximizes self-governance.

Teaching Interests: Ancient and modern political thought, contemporary political theory, American political thought, religion and politics in the United States, American political institutions.

I have taught a variety of courses in political theory and American politics as the instructor of record. These courses include Modern Political Thought, Classical Political Thought, The American Presidency, The U.S. Congress, and Intro to American Politics

Dissertation Title: “Retrieving Liberalism: Complex Pluralism and the Architecture of Goods and Communities”

Dissertation Committee: Russell Hanson (chair), Aurelian Craiutu, William Scheuerman, and
Susan Williams (Law)

Matthew SlabochMatthew Slaboch
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Research and Teaching Interests: Political Philosophy: The History of Political Thought; Nationalism; Modern Ideologies
Comparative Politics: East and West European Politics; Nationalism; Religion and Politics

Dissertation Title: Abandoning Hope, Questioning Change: German, Russian, and American Critics of “Progress” Compared

Dissertation Committee: Aurelian Craiutu (Chair), Patrick Deneen (The University of Notre Dame), Russell L. Hanson, William Scheuerman, Sara Stefani (Slavic)