Collegiate Assistant Professor
Social Sciences Core: Classics of Social and Political Thought
Natasha is a political theorist and Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of Chicago. Her research interests combine 20th century European social, economic and political theory with the history of American political science. Additionally, she works on modern theories of political economy, the history of capitalism and Renaissance political thought.
Her dissertation, “Elites and Democratic Theory: The Italian School of Elitism, American Political Science, and The Problem of Plutocracy” recovers and contextualizes the Italian School of Elitism (Mosca, Pareto and Michels), and traces how its normative and methodological contributions were transformed by Anglo-American political science in the post-war period. Articles stemming from this project have been published in the Journal of Politics and Critical Review.
She has also worked extensively on Renaissance political thought. She translated four of Francesco Guicciardini’s political treatises (three of which had never appeared in English) for the volume Florentine Political Writings from Petrarch to Machiavelli (University of Pennsylvania 2019), which she edited with Mark Jurdjevic and John P. McCormick.
Previously Natasha was the William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellow and a Booth School of Business Stigler Center Fellow. Before entering the doctoral program, she received an MA in Social Science from the University of Chicago and a BA in History and Political Science (honors) from the University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude).
You can access her CV and other information about her research here.