Mary A. Shiraef

Political Theory

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Mary A. Shiraef is a Ph.D. student in political theory and comparative politics. Her work focuses on intersections among hermeneutic philosophy, educational theory and existing political problems. She completed a Master’s degree in International Relations with Distinction at the University of St Andrews, Scotland on Hans-Georg Gadamer and the use of Platonic dialectics for democracy and international politics. Her academic interests are primarily within comparative political theory, and her research and work experience spans across many countries and regions, including the EU, India and Southeast Asia. Following the completion of her B.A. from Emory University, she taught high school History, Politics and English Literature at a boarding school near Bangalore for children from the Dalits caste. She has studied Ancient and Modern Greek as well as Thai, and she has published two pieces on Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America and another on the rise of the Neo-fascist group in Greece called Golden Dawn.


Mary is currently designing a comparative theory project under the supervision of Catherine Zuckert and Fred Dallmayr on Machiavelli, civic education and the cross-cultural politics of gender.

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