Natasha Piano is a political theorist and PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science. She studies the history of capitalism, 19th and 20th century European intellectual history, the history of American political science, and Italian political thought. Her dissertation “Revisiting Democratic Elitism: The Italian School of Elitism, American Political Science, and The Problem of Plutocracy” recovers and contextualizes the Italian School of Elitism, and traces how their normative and methodological contributions were transformed by Anglo-American political science in the post-war period. Articles stemming from her dissertation can be found in the Journal of Politics (forthcoming) and Critical Review.  

Natasha also works on Renaissance political thought. She has translated four of Francesco Guicciardini’s treatises, three of which had previously never been translated: “Appointing Magistrates by Lottery or Election in the Great Council”; “How to Reorder the Popular Government”; “The Government of Florence after the Medici Restoration”; and “On the Mode of Securing the State of the House of Medici”. These translations can be found in On Liberty and Tyranny: Political Writings of Italian Humanists from Petrarch to Machiavelli, edited by Mark Jurdjevic, Natasha Piano and John P. McCormick (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming).

Natasha is currently a William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellow and a Stigler Center Fellow at the Booth School of Business. She received an MA in Political Science and an MA in Social Science, both from the University of Chicago. She holds a BA in History and Political Science (honors) from the University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude). 

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