Michael Promisel is a third-year Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his B.A. in Government from the University of Virginia in 2014.
Michael is broadly interested in the history of political thought and American political development. His current research interests include toleration and free speech, religion and politics, statesmanship, and the Presidency.
Brianne Wolf is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science studying the relationship between judgment, liberty, and citizenship. Her dissertation, “Democratic Taste: Freedom, Citizenship, and the Development of Affective Judgment,” provides an account of the shifting understanding of taste and its relation to emerging commercial and democratic society in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. She examines how the development of taste as a form of affective judgment contributes to our understanding of political judgment, self-governance, and collective decision-making. Brianne's research interests include: judgment, aesthetics, the role of emotion in politics, history of political economy, and democratic theory.