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Dietz named Evans Professor of Political Theory

Professor of political science also holds gender studies appointment

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November 4, 2011 | by Jasmine Rangel

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Mary Dietz, professor of political science in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the John Evans Professor of Political Theory.

Dietz is the author of the books “Between the Human and the Divine: The Political Thought of Simone Weil” and “Turning Operations: Feminism, Arendt, and Politics.” She also is the editor of “Thomas Hobbes and Political Theory.”

Since 2005, Dietz has served as the editor of Political Theory: An International Journal of Political Philosophy. Her current research interests include a study of the gendering of the commonwealth in Hobbes’ “Leviathan,” an article on the politics of religion in Machiavelli’s Discourses, and a book manuscript tentatively titled “Between Polis and Empire: Aristotle’s Politics.”

Dietz, who joined the Northwestern faculty in 2007, also holds an appointment in the gender studies program. Her areas of specialization include feminist theory and politics, democratic theory and citizenship, the history of Western political thought, and contemporary political theory, including the work of Hannah Arendt.