Khristina H. Haddad

Associate Professor of Political Science




Phone: 610-861-1559
Office: Comenius 112

Office hours: By appointment.


Khristina Haddad teaches the subfield of political theory in the department of Political Science.

She studies the thought of the German-Jewish political theorist Hannah Arendt.  Haddad's thematic interest revolves around ideas of time and temporality in canonical as well as in contemporary political thinking, and the political and pedagogical consequences of how we imagine, speak about, value, and organize time. 

Secondarily, Dr. Haddad follows intellectual developments in feminist theory, gender studies, and the politics of women's health.

She is also affiliated with German Studies and Women's Studies.


Born in Southern California, Dr. Haddad grew up in Stuttgart, Germany, where she completed her Abitur with an emphasis on modern foreign languages, natural sciences, and religious studies at the Königin Charlotte Gymnasium. (If you happen to find yourself in Stuttgart, be sure to check out the Staatsgalerie and the house in which Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was born, the aptly named Hegel Haus.) The year the Berlin Wall fell, Dr. Haddad moved to Portland, Oregon to attend Reed College where she studied Political Science and completed an honors thesis entitled "Women and AIDS: Delays and Problems in the Recognition of an Epidemic" under the supervision of Professor Darius Rejali. Dr. Haddad then relocated to Montreal, Quebec to study political theory at McGill University. Her M.A. thesis entitled "Women and AIDS: Feminist Theoretical Approaches to Problems of Social and Natural Scientific Invisibility" was supervised by Professor James Tully. At McGill, she was a teaching assistant for Professor Charles Taylor. On a break from academia, Dr. Haddad lived in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. Working as a volunteer lecturer for Civic Education Project during the 1995-96 academic year, Dr. Haddad taught political theory, the history of human rights, and comparative politics at the University of Latvia in Riga, Latvia. In 2003, she completed her doctoral studies in Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where she studied political theory with Professors Arlene Saxonhouse, Don Herzog, and Elizabeth Wingrove. Professor Wingrove advised Dr. Haddad's dissertation entitled "A Conceptual Guide to the Political Present: Temporal Order as Political Order in Augustine, Diderot, Hobbes, and Arendt" and her final project for the Certificate in Women's Studies entitled, "Between Practical Misogyny and Postmodern Theoretical Potential: Hannah Arendt's Concept of Natality."

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