I am Rosemarie Wagner, a Lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard University. I am currently working on a book project, Laws Living and Armed: the political and legal theory of Thomas Hobbes. This 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 earned my PhD in Political Science with a Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies from UC Berkeley in Summer 2019. 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 working with students in seminars, large lectures, and as an advisor.
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.