Concordia University

Dr. Marlene K. Sokolon, PhD

Associate Professor, Political Science

Office: S-H 1225-15 
Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5065
Availability: Office Hours Fall 2019
Tuesdays 1:00-3:00pm
Thursdays 12:00-2:00pm

Dr. Marlene K. Sokolon obtained her PhD inPolitical Science from Northern Illinois University. She specializes in ancient Greek political thoughtbut has wider interests in issues related to justice and ethics, politicalemotions, politics and literature, and rhetoric and political deliberation. Herresearch focuses on the political significance of the boundaries and points ofnexus in traditionally assumed dichotomies, such as reason and emotion, biologyand culture, or poetry and philosophy. In the past, she has published chaptersand articles on political emotions, deliberative democracy, and contemporary publicpolicy of breastfeeding practices. She is the author of Political Emotions: Aristotle and the Symphony of Reason and Emotions(Northern Illinois Press, 2006) and co-editor (with Stephanie Paterson and FrancescaScala) of Fertile Ground:Reproduction in Canada (McGill-Queens University Press, 2014).

Her current researchproject focuses on questions related to literature and politics, especially thepotential pedagogical contribution of literary genres to democratic stability. Sheis currently completing a book manuscript challenging the privileged positionof philosophic texts in the history of political thought by exploring the conceptualizationof justice in the tragedies of Euripides. She won the best paper award of theAmerican Political Science Association’s Politics and Literature section (2011)for her analysis of Euripides’ Medea. Publicationsfrom this project also include co-editing (with Travis D. Smith) the volume Flattering the Demos: Fiction and DemocraticEducation (Lexington Press, 2018) and several articles and book chapters onthe political thought of literary authors such as Euripides, Homer,Shakespeare, and the role of poetry in the Socratic method. Most recently, shepublishedIt’s All in the Argument: The Agōnin Euripides and Deliberative Democracy” EuropeanLegacy: Published online: August 6, 2019.

Dr.Sokolon was the Chair of the Department of Political Science (2014-17) and theGraduate Program Director (2008-2011) during the inauguration of our PhD inPolitical Science. She formerly held visiting positions at Centrede Leon Robin, Paris IV/LettresSorbonne Université (Paris 2018-19) and the Just World Institute,University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, 2011-12).


PhD in Political Science (Northern Illinois University)
MA in Political Science (McMaster University)
BA (Great Distinction) in Classics (McGill University)
BA (Honours) in Political Science (Carleton University)

Research interests

Ancient Political Thought; History of Political Thought; Political Emotions; Rhetoric and Political Deliberation; Politics and Literature; Ethics and Justice; Biology and Culture.

Teaching activities

Undergraduate Courses

POLI 206:              Introduction to Western Political Theory

POLI 306:             Classical Political Texts

POLI 364:             Hellenistic, Roman, and Medieval Political Thought

POLI 416:             Ancient Political Texts 

POLI 490:              Special Topics: The Politics of Literature and Film

POLI 490:              Special Topics: Thinking Theory


Graduate Courses

POLI 623             Ethics, Morality and Justice

POLI 628             Ethics and Values in Public Policy Making

POLI 632/804       Seminar in Political Theory (CORE Course)

POLI635/815H     Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food Policy



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