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Lauren Hall

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-6827
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Lauren Hall

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, State University of New York at Binghamton; MA, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University

585-475-6827

Currently Teaching

POLS-365
3 Credits
This course examines the way in which new technologies challenge and provide alternatives to traditional political structures and functions. The course discusses the moral status of the state through the lens of anarchic political thought, with an emphasis on the concept of consent. Themes of anarchic thought are then discussed in light of how new technologies decentralize power and challenge traditional state goals, such as regulation or state secrecy. Technologies to be discussed include social media platforms and nongovernmental, digital currency, as well as decentralized energy sources like solar and wind. The ethical and moral implications of these new technologies, the harms and benefits they present, and their use as challenges to the moral status of the state are all central themes.
POLS-290
3 Credits
This course examines the intersection between politics and the life sciences. The course will examine the biological approach to human behavior, paying special attention to the implications of biological explanations of behavior for political systems. Topics to be covered may include the biological approach to morality, law, and international conflict, as well as the political and policy implications of new research in the biological sciences including biotechnology.
POLS-115
3 Credits
This course examines past and contemporary political and ethical debates that have shaped, clarified and transformed the meaning of the foundations of the American democratic-republic. At every turn, political and ethical debates in American politics have focused on the meaning of the principles of equality and consent and the moral implications of individual rights. The course will address topics such as the moral foundations of the Founding, the moral character of the Union, the injustice of slavery in a regime dedicated to the principle of equality, justice and the Civil Rights movement, and the progressive critique of the Founding, the rise of the entitlement state and its critiques, as well as current political and ethical controversies. Special attention will be paid to the political speeches of those directly involved in the debates.
POLS-530
3 Credits
This seminar provides an opprtunity to study in-depth any theme, problem or work within the discipline of political science, for example the foundations of self-government, foreign policy, international law and organizations, and the fundamental problems of international relations. Course content will be determined in consultation with the instructor. Teams of students will write a substantial paper on a topic related to the general themes of the seminar.
POLS-420
3 Credits
This course examines the biological approach to the study of political order. Students will learn about the basic political structures of the great apes, how they differ, and how an understanding of these primate social structures can help us understand human political behavior. Specific topics might include the biological explanations of patriarchy and matriarchy, the biology of dominance structures, and the biology of leadership choice.
ITDL-151H
3 Credits
This honors seminar is a foundational course that examines how our social worlds are linked to our natural and built worlds. The corresponding emphasis on inquiry, analysis, and interpretation facilitates student-engaged learning. In exploring pertinent place and space related issues/topics through an experiential, active, and site-specific curricular focused learning, various aspects of the human condition are discovered. The theme or topic of this honors seminar, as chosen by the instructor, is announced in the subtitle as well as course notes and is developed in the syllabus. The honors seminar integrates the required Year One curriculum.

Select Scholarship

Book Chapter
Hall, Lauren K. "“The Ninth Amendment and Substantive Due Process: Sterilization, Reproductive Rights, and the Path ​Not Taken.”." American Constitutionalism, Marriage, and the Family: Obergefell v. Hodges ​and U.S. v. Windsor in Context. Ed. Patrick Cain and David Ramsey, eds.. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016. 5-100. Print.
Hall, Lauren K. "Two Invisible Hands: Family, Markets, and the Adam Smith Problem"." Propriety and Prosperity: New Studies on the Philosophy of Adam Smith. London, UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014. 240-253. Print.
Hall, Lauren K. "John Locke, Charles Darwin, and the Social Individualism of Virtue." The Science of Modern Virtue. Dekalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2013. 128-143. Print.
Full Length Book
Hall, Lauren K. Family and the Politics of Moderation: Private Life, Public Goods, and the Rebirth of Social Individualism. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2014. Print.
Hall, Lauren K. and Paul Seaton. Lucid Mind, Intrepid Spirit: Essays on the Thought of Chantal Delsol. 1st ed. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012. Print.
Journal Paper
Hall, Lauren K. "Guiding the Invisible Hand: Spontaneous Orders and the Problem of Character"." Cosmos+Taxis 2. 1 (2014): 34-44. Print.
Hall, Lauren K. "Political Graveyards: The Political Significance of Burial and Remembrance." Society 48. 4 (2011): 316-322. Print.
Hall, Lauren K. "Rights and the Heart: Emotions and Rights Claims in the Political Theory of Edmund Burke." Review of Politics 73. (2011): 1-23. Print.