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Ewa Atanassow

PhD from the Committee on Social Thought
The University of Chicago
Prof. Dr. Ewa Atanassow has received a PhD from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, an MA in psychology from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard University. Her research and teaching interests focus on questions of nationhood and democratic citizenship, and more broadly on the intersection of ethics and psychology in the liberal tradition of political thought, with emphasis on Tocqueville. She is the co-editor of Tocqueville and the Frontiers of Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and of Liberal Moments: Reading Liberal Texts (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017). Her articles and reviews have appeared in American Political Science Review, Global Policy, Journal of Democracy, Kronos, Nations and NationalismPerspectives on Political Science, Przegląd Polityczny. She is currently at work on a monograph exploring inherent tensions between liberalism and democracy from a Tocquevillean perspective.

Courses Taught
Core Courses:
  • Early Modern Science
  • Art, Morality and Politics in Renaissance Florence
  • Forms of Love
  • Objectivity II
  • Plato's Republic and Its Interlocutors

  • Property
Foundational and Advanced Courses
  • Popular Sovereignty in History, Theory, and Practice
  • Citizens of the World: Ancient, Modern, Contemporary
  • Equality
  • Liberalism, Fascism, Socialism
  • Law, Culture and Society in Montesquieu’s Spirit of the Laws
  • Hate and Revolution
  • Democracy Ancient and Modern
  • Passions and Politics
  • Patriotism and Its Other(s)
  • The Spirit of the Persian Letters / De l’esprit des Lettres Persanes (bilingual elective, co-taught with Edit Gerelyes).
BA/PY projects supervised
  • Towards an Understanding of Revolutionary Violence: A Reading of Aswany’s Yacoubian Building and its Portrayal of pre-Tahririan Egypt
  • Particularities of Mongolian Democracy
  • Lyric Encounter in Plato’s Phaedrus
  • Immigration, Justice and Citizenship
  • On Immigration: Differentiation and Integration
  • Fair Trade: Can Material Interest be Reconciled with the Moral Good?
Prof. Dr. Ewa Atanassow
Political Thought
Phone: +49 30 43733 104
Email: e.atanassow@berlin.bard.edu