I am Rosemarie Wagner, a PhD candidate in Political Science at UC Berkeley. I am currently finishing a dissertation titled Laws Living and Armed: the political and legal theory of Thomas Hobbes.  My dissertation has two broad aims: to show the full complexity Thomas Hobbes's distinctive legal theory, and to use that legal theory as a lens to recast and resolve persistent problems in Hobbes's political theory.  This is primarily a conceptual and textual analysis, but one which relies heavily on the legal and political historical contexts in which Hobbes was working. I have completed the Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, an interdisciplinary program at UC Berkeley. Before coming here, I received an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Tufts University. I am proficient in Latin, Spanish, and French.  I pride myself on my teaching and have extensive experience as a lecturer and as a teaching assistant; I am a recipient of  UC Berkeley's Outstanding Student Instructor Award.

My primary research interests center on questions of the line between legal and non-legal action that's deemed politically legitimate.  In addition to the early modern period, I also have research interests in late modern as well as ancient Greek political thought.

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UC Berkeley Renaissance & Early Modern Studies