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Kristin Zuhone

PhD Candidate
Personal Statement

Kristin Zuhone is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, studying Contemporary Political Theory, the History of Political Thought, and Comparative Politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in the History and Philosophy of Social Policy, both from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kristin works at the intersection of political theory and public policy, writing about issues of democratic theory, political legitimacy, public participation, and constituency formation above and below, as well as across and beyond, the territorial boundaries of sovereign states. Her dissertation makes three arguments for affectedness, over alternatives of subjection and citizenship, as an answer to the question of how to constitute the demos, with implications for distributive justice, political knowledge, social membership, and relational equality in firm governance, environmental science, immigration reform, and identity politics.

Primary Subfield
Political Theory & Philosophy
Secondary Subfield
Public Policy & Organization