Marlene K. Sokolon, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor, Political Science
Dr. Marlene K. Sokolon’s main area of research is ancient Greek political thought, but she also has wider interests in the history of political ideas, political emotions, politics and literature, justice and ethics, and questions arising from the intersection of biology and culture. In the field of public policy, Dr. Sokolon is interested in the ethical and political challenges raised by new developments in agriculture and medical biotechnology.
Her current research program focuses on political literature and the role of poetry/ fiction in ancient and contemporary political thought and as part of democratic education. She currently is researching the ancient Greek playwright Euripides' conceptualization of justice as a complement to the rational accounts of philosophic thought. She is the author of several publications which span areas of ancient political thought, political emotions, deliberative democracy, and contemporary public policy of breastfeeding practices. She is the author of the book Political Emotions: Aristotle and the Symphony of Reason and Emotion (Northern Illinois University Press, 2006).
PhD (Northern Illinois University)
Ancient Political Thought; Political Emotions; Politics and Literature; Ethics and Justice; the intersection of biology and culture.
POLI206: Introduction to WesternPolitical Theory
POLI306: Classical Political Texts
POLI364: Hellenistic, Roman, andMedieval Political Thought
POLI 416: AncientPolitical Texts
POLI623 Ethics, Morality and Justice
POLI628 Ethics and Values in Public Policy Making
POLI632/804 Seminar in Political Theory (CORECourse)
POLI635/815H Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food Policy