Tuesdays, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Chicago
M.A., Political Science, University of Chicago
M.Phil, Political Thought and Intellectual History, King's College, Cambridge University
History of Political Thought; Early Modern Political Thought; Democratic Theory
Emily C. Nacol
Emily Nacol is a political theorist whose research interests lie primarily in the history of political thought, especially early modern epistemology, political theory, and political economy. Her research focuses on the problem of risk in historical perspective. She is currently completing her first book, An Age of Risk: Politics and Economy in Early Modern Britain. The book traces our current attitudes to risk to their early modern roots and asks how attention to and shifts in thinking about risk, and related conceptions of danger and uncertainty, produced a complex and nuanced conversation about the relationship among knowledge, politics, and order in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century writing on politics and political economy. She is also beginning a second book project on social perceptions of risk in Britain’s long eighteenth century, with a focus on social groups that complicate normative notions of work and labor and who are deemed risky for this deviance. Professor Nacol's teaching interests include ancient and early modern political thought, theories of capitalism and political economy, and democratic theory. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago in 2007. She has held research fellowships at Brown University's Political Theory Project and the Cornell University Society for the Humanities.