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  • Ph.D., Politics, University of California Santa Cruz
  • M.A., Politics, University of California Santa Cruz
  • B.A., Political Science, Goucher College

Courses Taught

  • Intro to Political Thinking
  • U.S. Political Thought

Research Interests

My current research examines the construction of narratives about democracy and citizenship through analyses of the undercurrents of race, gender, and sexuality discourses in the language of political economy. Under that rubric, I am currently working on two larger projects: one entitled “Value Claims: From Aristotle to Black Lives Matter” and the other, “Drowning in Desire: Reflections on Toxic Masculinity.” I’m also working on a series of articles on Anna Julia Cooper.

I also have a wide array of research and teaching interests and experience in political theory and beyond, including: theories of citizenship, representation, agency, and identity; democratic theory; American political thought and social movements in historical perspective; classical political economy and critical theory; race, gender, and sexuality; and radical pedagogy.


Peer Reviewed Publications:

“Learning to Globalise: Socrates, U.S. Education Abroad, and the Boundaries of Citizenship.” Globalisation, Societies and Education 16, no. 1 (2018).


“An Uncounted Army: Forging Consensus in a Fractured Age.” Counterpunch 23, no. 6 (November 2016).

Alena Wolflink

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

 Email:  Phone: 608-363-2303   MI 218

Alena is a political theorist interested in democratic agency, identity, political economy, and social movements. She joined Beloit College in 2019 after completing her Ph.D. in Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She teaches courses in political theory and has also taught at Stanislaus State, the University of California Santa Cruz, and San Quentin State Prison.

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