Michaelle Browers



Office: Kirby 317
Phone: 758-3535
Email: browerm@wfu.edu

Areas of Expertise: Arab and Islamic Political Thought, Feminist Theory, Democratic Theory, Comparative Political Theory




Michaelle Browers  is professor of Politics and International Affairs and directs the Middle East and South Asia Studies Program at Wake Forest University. She is author of Democracy and Civil Society in Arab Political Thought: Transcultural Possibilities (Syracuse University Press, 2006) and Political Ideology in the Arab World: Accommodation and Transformation (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and has edited (with Charles Kurzman) a book, entitled An Islamic Reformation? (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003). Her articles have appeared in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Journal of Political Ideologies, Critical Review of Social and Political Philosophy, Theory and Event, and Third World Quarterly. She is currently completing a book length history of Arab political thought since World War II and will begin a new project on the political thought of the Arab uprisings. The latter, new project will be supported from a Reynolds Research Leave from Wake Forest University and a grant from the American Political Science Association to begin research in Tunisia in 2016.


B.A.      1990, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
M.A.      1994, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Ph.D.     2001,  University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Wake Forest University, Dept. of Political Science, 2007- present;
Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University, Dept. of Political Science 2000-2007






POL 115. Political Theory

Introduces the central concepts (democracy, liberty, equality, and power) and ideologies (liberalism, conservatism, and socialism) as they have been formulated within some of the main schools of political thought. (D) (3h)

POL 272. Democratic Theory

Examines the theoretical underpinnings of democracy and some of the critiques of those foundations. Focuses on understanding some of the major theories of democracy and on how key democratic concepts are defined differently within these various traditions.(3h)

POL 274. Arab and Islamic Political Thought

Examines the history, basic concepts, central questions and preoccupations of political thought in the Arab region, while critically analyzing what it means to engage political theory comparatively. (CD) (3h)

POL 277. Feminist Political Thought

Introduces feminist thought and its implications for the study and practice of political theory. Topics include feminist critiques of the Western political tradition and schools of feminist political theory.  (CD)(3h)

POL 278. Politics and Identity

Investigation of the ways in which concepts of identity have informed political norms, structures, and practices; the myriad forms identity takes (particularly gender, sexual orientation, class, race, religion, nationality and ethnicity) drawing on examples from across the globe; and theoretical approaches proposed for engaging differences. (3h)