Concordia University

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

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)

Research interests

Ancient Political Thought; Political Emotions; Politics and Literature; Ethics and Justice; the intersection of 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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