Richard Avramenko

Co-Director
608-262-2190
Richard Avramenko is an Associate Professor of Political Science and the Howe-Bascom Professor of Integrated Liberal Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Courage: The Politics of Life and Limb (2011), co-editor of Friendship and Politics: Essays in Political Thought (2008) and Dostoevsky’s Political Thought (2013). He has published articles and chapters on Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Tocqueville, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Voegelin, Canadian identity politics, and mortgage and housing policy. Currently, Avramenko is writing two books, The Crush of Democracy: Tocqueville and the Egalitarian Mind, and Subprime Virtues: The Moral Lessons of the Financial Crisis.



John Sharpless

Co-Director
(608) 263-1816

John Sharpless is a professor in the Department of History at UW-Madison. He has BA and BS in Economics from the University of Minnesota as well as a PhD in History from The University of Michigan. His areas of research are social and demographic history, public policy and recent political history. He is presently at work on the history and politics of the 2nd Amendment. He ran for the U.S. Congress in the Wisconsin Second District in 1998 and 2000 on the Republican ticket.