KHRISTINA H. HADDAD
Associate Professor of Political Science
Dr. Haddad looking forward to reading her
students' commonplace book entries.
- POSC 120 Introduction to Political Thinking
- POSC 215 History of Western Political Thought: Social Contract Theory and Its Limits
- POSC 250 Contemporary Political Thought
- POSC 260 Critical Gender Studies
- POSC 298 The Time of Your Life: Facebook Stalking, Ipod Walking, Nonsense Talking
- POSC 355 Utopias, Dystopias, and Manifestos: The Imagination of Political Alternatives
- WOST 397 Women’s Health: The Science and Politics of Well-being
Office: Comenius 112
Office hours: By appointment.
Political science has several subfields. My subfield is political theory. Political theory is the study of important thinkers whose writings have had a lasting impact on our political culture. The great texts of the political theory canon include thinkers such as Socrates, Machiavelli, Rousseau, and Marx. I also teach contemporary political theory texts, texts that try to conceptualize power today and to propose courses of action for the future. For the women’s gender and sexuality program, I teach a course on critical gender studies with a focus on the work of Judith Butler.
As a normative political theorist, I am interested in the question of action in an individual and a collective sense. What should I do? What should we do? How should we shape a shared world? These are fundamental questions for my teaching and scholarship. My research interests regard questions of time and temporality. I try to understand how attitudes about time and economies of time shape our politics before and beyond explicit ideological orientations. How is our temporal view of the world prior to our political view? How do temporal views or structures constitute or condition political views? This interest in time and temporality derives from my German intellectual foundations and my work on the writings of Hannah Arendt, the most important theorist of 20th century totalitarianism. I have an ongoing interest in the German efforts of coming to terms with the history of National Socialism and implicit lessons for contemporary politics in the case of the refugee crisis, for example.
Pedagogically, I am compelled by the need for a contemplative and disciplined approach to thought in an age of technological opportunity and also distraction. I support the intellectual development of my students by subscribing to a traditional liberal arts emphasis on close readings, group discussions of textual evidence, and careful writing. In some of my courses, I teach students how to take formal notes with the help of a commonplace book, an intellectual journal kept by each student. It is my goal to support the concentration and focus of all of my students and to help them have the best possible intellectual experience of the liberal arts.
My personal interests include visual arts, design, handwriting, calligraphy, and travel.
My hometown is Stuttgart, Germany. I was raised bilingually in Germany. By birth, I am a U.S. citizen with roots in California. I am Lebanese American. I have traveled extensively and also have studied in several countries. Since 2003, I have been teaching political theory at Moravian College.