Emma Planinc is an assistant professor of political science in the Program of Liberal Studies who holds a concurrent appointment in the Department of Political Science. She is a historian of political thought, with research interests in early modern and Enlightenment political philosophy, contemporary political theory, and the relationship between religion and politics.
Planinc’s work has appeared in Political Theory, The Review of Politics, and the Canadian Journal of Political Science. Her current book project, Regenerating Political Animals, looks to 18th century France to examine the democratic and revolutionary origins of regenerative political rhetoric and the philosophes’ preoccupation with distinguishing the human being from the rest of the animal kingdom.
She previously was a Harper-Schmidt Fellow at the University of Chicago, and her research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada.
Planinc earned an MA in political science from McGill University and a PhD in political science from the University of Toronto.
Groundbreaking Conference Leads to Book
Jul 23, 2020
Far Right Thinkers and the Future of Liberal Democracy is scheduled for publication in 2021. The edited volume stemmed from a February 2020 conference sponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.
Unique Conference Examines Explosion of Far-Right Thought Worldwide
Feb 12, 2020
The “New Right Thinkers and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy” conference at the University of Notre Dame, held Feb. 7 and 8, brought together scholars from around the world to address the growing influence of far-right leaders and their impact on governance.