Will Levine's research interests include the history of political thought, specifically in Germany from the Enlightenment to Weimar, democratic theory, theories of sovereignty and political agency, and realism in political theory. His dissertation looks at the influence of Kant’s political thought on a strand of nineteenth and early twentieth century political thinkers and activists interested in the role of emancipatory ideas in democratic politics. Responding to post-war anxieties about the anti-democratic dangers of theories thought to be utopian or idealistic, his dissertation recovers a set of thinkers for whom political ideals guide democratic political action and judgment in ways that acknowledge the uncertainty and contingency of democratic life.
He is currently a PhD candidate in Political Science. He holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Chicago and a BA in Philosophy from Purchase College (SUNY).