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Department of Political Science

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351 Commons Center

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Mondays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Wednesdays, 2:45-3:45 p.m.; and by appointment


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


Political Theory


History of Political Thought; Early Modern Political Thought; Democratic Theory

Curriculum Vitae

Emily C. Nacol

Assistant Professor

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. Her first book, An Age of Risk: Politics and Economy in Early Modern Britain (Princeton University Press, 2016) traces 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 currently working on a second book project on social perceptions of risk in eighteenth-century Britain, with a focus on social groups that complicate normative notions of work and labor and who are deemed risky for this deviance.  Her essays have appeared in journals like Political Studies, Polity, and The Adam Smith Review.  Professor Nacol's teaching interests include ancient political thought, early modern and 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, and most recently participated in a research colloquium at the Folger Library.



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