The political theory faculty are a diverse group who share an interest in the most fundamental questions of political thought. Strongly committed to intellectual and theoretical diversity, the program aims to bridge divisions between the various paradigms and traditions of political theory, between the history of political thought and contemporary political theory, and between theoretical and empirical forms of inquiry.

The program has particular strengths in contemporary European political theory, democratic theory, critical theory and poststructuralism, multiculturalism, diversity, and identity, colonialism and imperialism, and the philosophical and methodological foundations of political inquiry.

It maintains close connections with the internationally known Critical Theory Institute, its graduate curricular partner - the Critical Theory Emphasis, the system-wide UC Humanities Research Institute, Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality, and the Center in Law, Society, and Culture.

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