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Hildreth, Roudy William Instructor


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research overview

  • My research turns on a central argument: citizens should be more actively involved in democratic life. I develop and explore this claim through three related lines of inquiry: the political philosophy of John Dewey, the study of contemporary civic practices and the conceptual history of citizenship. Taken as a whole, my research agenda aims to develop a normative ideal of active citizenship and investigate the practices, methods and conditions for its realization. I put theoretical considerations of “what is a good citizen” into conversation with empirical research on ordinary actors’ lived experiences of citizenship. I contend that a combined theoretical and empirical approach offers a more nuanced and grounded understanding of the terrain of citizenship and civic involvement.


  • Democratic Theory, History of Political Thought, American Political Thought, International Relations Theory, Global Civil Society & Trans-national Activism, Youth Civic Engagement, Civic Education, Democratic Leadership, Higher Education and Public Engagement, Educational Theory, Community Partnerships, Social Movements, Qualitative/Action/Community-Based Research Methods



courses taught

  • EDUC 2500 Strategies for Social Change (Spring 2019)
  • LEAD 1000 Becoming a Leader (Fall 2018)
  • WGST 3302 Facilitating Peaceful Community Change (Fall 2018)
  • INVS 2005 Puksta Scholars Practicum (Spring 2018)
  • LEAD 1000 Becoming a Leader (Spring 2018)

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