Ivy Flessen

Ivy Flessen is in her third year in the Political Science Ph.D. program. She is a budding political theorist whose work lies at the intersection of the history of political thought and moral psychology. She writes primarily on ancient Greek and early modern political thought, with a focus on the political mechanization of “sub-rational” passions. She has many working papers at the submission stage, including a piece on the rhetoric of Plato’s Republic, co-authored with Michael Gillespie and Mike Hawley. While, administratively, she is spending this year leading a funded Franklin Humanities reading group and running the Duke Political Theory Graduate Conference, she is also developing her dissertation topic. Her project will explore the political value of indignation in the history of political thought.