Emma Slonina

Emma  Slonina
  • PhD Student
  • Department of Political Science

BIOGRAPHY

Emma entered the Ph.D. program in Fall 2013 as a University Distinguished Fellow, having received her B.A. in political science and Hispanic studies from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in April 2012. She is currently a Visiting Instructor of Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy in James Madison College at Michigan State University. She is an award-winning educator, having been awarded the Department of Political Science Best Graduate Assistant Teaching Award and twice nominated by the College of Social Sciences for a University Excellence in Teaching Citation.

Her broad research interests include Rousseau, women in political thought, liberal education, citizenship and virtue, and pedagogy. She is working on a dissertation examining Rousseau’s educational vision in Julie, especially for women’s education, and how it relates to the project he lays out in Emile.

In her spare time, Emma regularly volunteers in the preparations department at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, and can often be found on long walks and hikes around Michigan and Georgia.


DISSERTATION

Dissertation: Julie, Not Emile: Rousseau’s Alternative Education

Emma’s broad research interests include Rousseau, women in political thought, liberal education, citizenship and virtue, and pedagogy. She is working on a dissertation examining the relationship between Rousseau’s Julie and Emile, and women’s education more generally in Rousseau’s thought. This project presents Julie as an alternative education to the one presented in Emile, especially for the reader, and explores how this novel properly prepares the reader for Emile.

Emma came to Michigan State as a University Distinguished Fellow, and is an award-winning educator, having been awarded the Department of Political Science Best Graduate Assistant Teaching Award and twice nominated by the College of Social Sciences for a University Excellence in Teaching Citation.

Committee: Arthur Melzer (chair), Dustin Sebell, Constance Hunt, Matthew Mendham

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