Alena Wolflink

TitlePh.D. Candidate
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentPolitics Department
Web Site CV
OfficeMerrill 141
Office HoursSummer 2017: Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 in Merrill 141
Campus Mail StopMerrill Faculty Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Alena Wolflink

Research Interests

Theories of citizenship, representation, agency, and identity; classical and contemporary political economy; ancient and early modern political thought; American social movements in historical perspective; concept history, genealogy, and hermeneutics

Biography, Education and Training

M.A. in Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz; B.A. in Political Science, Goucher College

Selected Publications

An Uncounted Army: Forging Consensus in a Fractured Age in CounterPunch 23:6 (November 2016).

Teaching Interests

Courses taught:

Citizenship and Action (Poli 4): This course examines the meaning of citizenship by thinking systematically about the varieties of political membership and political action. We will ask, “What is citizenship as a legal matter, and what does it look like as an everyday practice? What distinguishes the two? How does citizenship as an abstract, universal category compare and contrast to citizenship as a particular relation to a specific community? How are they connected? Is citizenship a condition of, or an end goal of political action? Do our activities as citizens compromise, compete with, or bolster our identities as family members, consumers, workers, and students? Who decides the practical answers to questions such as these, and what can and ought we do with disagreements about them? What is the role of theory in guiding these answers, decisions, and actions? To be offered Summer 2017, Session 1.

Foundations of Political Economy (Poli 115): This course is an introduction to some basic concepts, tools, and problems in political economy. It will explore the shaping of contemporary discourse on political economy through a survey of topics including property, leisure, labor, exchange, value, capital, consumption, procreation, the state, and markets, and how they were all understood by seminal thinkers from 1690 through the middle of the 20th century.