Sharon Krause

Professor and Chair
Political Science

Sharon Krause is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science. Her research interests include the history of political thought; 18th-century studies (especially Hume and Montesquieu); classical and contemporary liberalism; democratic theory; political judgment and deliberation; the sources and conditions of political action; and feminism and political theory. She is the author of Liberalism with Honor (Harvard University Press, 2002) and numerous articles on topics in classical and contemporary liberalism ranging from Hume and Montesquieu to Simone de Beauvoir and contemporary theories of justice. She received a B.A. from Wellesley College, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in political theory from the Government Department at Harvard University (1998). She has been the recipient of faculty research fellowships from the Olin Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in 2003 was awarded Harvard University's Roslyn Ambramson Award for excellence and sensitivity in teaching undergraduates. Her work has appeared in such journals as Political Theory (2004; 2002; 2001), The Review of Politics (2000), Contemporary Political Theory (2005), Philosophy and Social Criticism (2000; 2006), Polity (1999), and History of Political Thought (2003). She is currently writing a book about the relationship between reason and passion within political judgment and public deliberation.