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Associate Professor of Political Science (2003)
History of political thought and contemporary political thinking with a particular emphasis on the work of the German thinker Hannah Arendt and ideas of time and temporality. The political consequences of our imagination and organization of time, for example in the case of assumptions and constraints that underlie political action and inaction. Take Back Your Time movement and its analysis of and remedies for time poverty in the United States.
Secondary areas of study include feminist theory and gender studies as well as the politics of women's health. Dr. Haddad teaches the subfield of political theory in the Department of Political Science. She is also affiliated with German studies and women's studies.
Born in Southern California, Dr. Haddad grew up in Stuttgart, Germany, where she completed her Abitur with an emphasis on modern foreign languages, natural sciences, and religious studies at the Königin Charlotte Gymnasium. (If you happen to find yourself in Stuttgart, be sure to check out the Staatsgalerie and the house Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was born in, the aptly named Hegel Haus.) The year the Berlin Wall fell, Dr. Haddad moved to Portland, Oregon to attend Reed College where she studied Political Science and completed an honors thesis entitled "Women and AIDS: Delays and Problems in the Recognition of an Epidemic" under the supervision of Professor Darius Rejali. Dr. Haddad then relocated to Montreal, Quebec to study political theory at McGill University. Her M.A. thesis entitled "Women and AIDS: Feminist Theoretical Approaches to Problems of Social and Natural Scientific Invisibility" was supervised by Professor James Tully. At McGill, she was a teaching assistant for Professor Charles Taylor.
On a break from academia, Dr. Haddad lived in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. Working as a volunteer lecturer for Civic Education Project during the 1995-96 academic year, Dr. Haddad taught political theory, the history of human rights, and comparative politics at the University of Latvia in Riga, Latvia. In 2003, she completed her doctoral studies in Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where she studied political theory with Professors Arlene Saxonhouse, Don Herzog, and Elizabeth Wingrove. Professor Wingrove advised Dr. Haddad's dissertation entitled "A Conceptual Guide to the Political Present: Temporal Order as Political Order in Augustine, Diderot, Hobbes, and Arendt" and her final project for the Certificate in Women's Studies entitled, "Between Practical Misogyny and Postmodern Theoretical Potential: Hannah Arendt's Concept of Natality."