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S. Sara Monoson


Ph.D.: Princeton University
Curriculum Vitae


Research Interest(s): History of political theory (esp. ancient), democratic theory, politics in ancient Greece, classical receptions (esp. in American political discourse), urban politics, modern Greek politics

Program Area(s): Political Theory

Joint Appointment




S. Sara Monoson is the author of Plato’s Democratic Entanglements: Athenian Politics and the Practice of Philosophy which was awarded a Foundations Book Prize by the American Political Science Association, as well as numerous articles on Greek political theory in historical context and classical receptions in the US, especially the history of adaptations of Greek sources and ideas in American political discourse (e.g., on abolition, free speech, the cold war, civil rights). Her current research includes studies of Socrates’ military service in light of contemporary understandings of war trauma and a book in progress, Summoning Socrates, a cultural history of appeals to Socrates in contemporary discourse across media. She also directs the collaborative Graduate Classics Cluster.