Leah Bradshaw

SCLA Faculty

Leah Bradshaw


Leah Bradshaw, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science

Leah Bradshaw is Professor of Political Science, with a specialization in Political Theory. Early career focused on the political and philosophical thought of Hannah Arendt, with specific attention to Arendt’s formulations of the relationship between thought and action. (Leah Bradshaw, Acting and Thinking: The Political Thought of Hannah Arendt, Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1989. Selected by CHOICE as one the year’s outstanding academic titles) An enduring concern has been the tension between the solitariness of thinking and the plurality that characterizes the political world, and consideration of the foundations of political and moral judgment. The tension between philosophy and politics continues to be a preoccupation in research, as have comparative accounts in the Western tradition on themes such as tyranny, eros, empire and oligarchy . Recently, with her engagement in interdisciplinary studies, Bradshaw has taught courses and published papers on themes of narrative, philosophy and aesthetics. A newly mounted graduate seminar explores the ways in which technology has impacted philosophical thinking and citizenship.

Recent publications:

“How Thinking Saves Us”, Lee Trepanier and John von Heyking, eds, Teaching Political Philosophy in an Age of Ideology (forthcoming, Lexington Press)

“Oligarchs and Democrats”, David Tabachnick and Toivo Koivukoski, eds, On Oligarchy: Ancient Lessons for Modern Politics (Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2011)

“Hobbes and Aristotle: Science and Politics”, Ann Ward, ed, Matter and Form: From Natural Science to Political Philosophy (N.Y., Lexington Press, 2009)

“Empire and the Eclipse of Politics”, David Tabachnick and Toivo Koivukoski, eds, Empire: Ancient and Modern (Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2009)

“Emotions, Reasons and Judgments”, Rebecca Kingston and Leonard Ferry, eds, Bringing the Passions Back In (University of British Columbia Press, 2007)

“Classical Enfleshments of Love”, Katerina Kitsi, ed, The Flesh Made Text: Bodies, Theories, Cultures in the Post-Millennial Era (N.Y., Peter Lang, 2007)

“Narrative in Dark Times”, Irene Blayer and Fernando Fagundes, eds, Studies in Oral and Written Narratives and Cultural Identity: Interdisciplinary Approaches (N.Y., Peter Lang, 2007)

“Tyranny and the Womanish Soul”, David Tabachnick and Toivo Koivukoski, eds, Tyranny: Ancient and Contemporary (N.Y. Rowman and Littlefield, 2005) Book was selected by CHOICE as one of the outstanding academic titles of 2005.

Current research interests:

-technology, philosophy and politics
-ancient and modern comparative accounts of empire
-the enlightenment and its critics

SCLA MA supervisions
Steven Rita-Procter (2011)
The Autobiographical and Confessional Mode as Fiction, Non-Fiction and Metafiction: Narrativizing the Self in Contemporary Literature and Visual Art

SCLA second reader
Monica Dufault (2011)
Investigations into a Performance of That Woman: A Sex Play?



Departmental Events

Student Poster exhibit
February 6, 2016 - 9:00am - 7:00pm
Screening of Venezuelan film Pelo Malo (Bad Hair)
February 10, 2016 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Festiv'ébène 2016 Francophone festival (Black history month)
February 8, 2016 - 9:00am - February 27, 2016 - 10:00pm