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Professor, Political Science

Sara MacDonald, PhD
I hope to engage students in the perennial questions and ideas that are essential to our life in community with others.

At Huron, we have the remarkable opportunity to delve deeply into both the perennial problems and questions of human life and those that are unique to our modern experience. We know that life is complicated, life in community is even more complicated. At Huron we are supported by small class sizes, expert teachers and a university mission to take the time to think deeply about these issues so that we might be prepared to act responsibly when the time comes.

Universities and Degrees Awarded

  • St. Thomas University, B.A.
  • Fordham University, M.A. PhD. in Political Science

Summary of Research:

  • The Philosophy and Literature of Freedom
  • Ancient political philosophy, with a particular love for its superstar, Plato
  • Popular culture and Political Engagement
  • The reconciliation of universal principles with individual subjectivity. In other words, Hegel and the virtues of modernity

Selected Publications:

The Coen Brothers and the Comedy of Democracy, (Co-authored with Dr. Barry Craig) Rowman and Littlefield, 2019

Fate and Freedom in the Novels of David Adams Richards (Co-authored with Dr. Barry Craig), Lexington Press, May 2017

Mad Men: The Death and Redemption of American Democracy (Co-edited with Dr. Andrew Moore), Rowman and Littlefield, 2016

Recollecting Dante in the Novels of Mark Helprin (Co-authored with Dr. Barry Craig), Lexington Books, November 2014

Recovering Hegel from the Critique of Leo Strauss: the Virtues of Democracy (Co-authored with Dr. Barry Craig), Lexington Books, 2013.

Finding Freedom: Hegel’s Philosophy and the Emancipation of Women. Montreal: McGill Queen’s University Press, 2008