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I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I received my PhD in Politics from Princeton. An alumna of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, where I was trained in the history of philosophy from Antiquity to present, I hold a BA and MA in philosophy from the University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne and the agrégation de philosophie. Before my current appointment, I was a Collegiate Assistant Professor and Harper-Schmidt Fellow at the University of Chicago.

My research interests are centered on modern and contemporary political philosophy, social theory, the history of political economy, republicanism and democratic thought. My work asks how individuals can be free in a world dominated by economic inequality and social unrest. My articles and reviews have been published in the American Journal of Political Science, The European Journal of Political Theory, The Review of Politics and History of Political Thought. 

My book manuscript, Sharing Freedom: Republican Democracy from Rousseau to Durkheim, argues that an unprecedented model of republican democracy, different from its classical ancestor and its American sister, developed in the course of the nineteenth century with the challenge of sharing a robust form of freedom equally among a large population riddled with economic and social inequality. Comparing the diverse forms of republican discourses that constituted this ideal (liberal, Jacobin, social), the book unravels the strengths and weaknesses of this model of republican democracy in contrast with its American counterpart.

My second project is a book on Rousseau’s economic thought and its importance for democratic theory, tentatively entitled Rousseau’s Economies. 

I can be reached at rousseliere@wisc.edu.