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Elizabeth Amato

Postdoctoral Fellow, James Madison College, Michigan State University

B.A., Government and Philosophy, Berry College, 2005
M.A., Political Science, Baylor University, 2007
Ph.D., Political Science, Baylor University, 2011

Elizabeth Amato is interested in the origins of liberal thought in John Locke, in American political thought, in the relation between politics and literature, and the question of happiness in modernity. In the summer of 2007, she worked as a fellow at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and assisted several conferences on America's Founding Principles.

Dissertation: Happiness and Modernity: The Pursuit of Happiness and the American Regime

Conference Presentations:

"Edith Wharton's Critique of the Pursuit of Happiness in The Custom of the Country and The Age of Innocence," paper presentation, Annual National Conference, Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April, 2010

"Walker Percy and the Pursuit of Happiness," conference on "The Summons of Freedom: Virtue, Sacrifice and the Common Good," Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture, Notre Dame, IN, November 2009

"Hawthorne on Friendship and Happiness in The Scarlet Letter," Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 2009

Invited participant, "Shaftesbury, Mandeville, and Smith on Liberty, Virtue, and Prosperity," sponsored by ISI and Liberty Fund, Fall 2008

Discussant on panel on "Virtue, Technology, and Wendell Berry" at a conference on "The Science of Politics and the Politics of Science," Berry College, Spring 2008

Invited participant, "Totalitarianism: The Great Terror and the Gulag," sponsored by ISI and Liberty Fund, Fall 2007

Courses Taught:

PSC 2302 American Constitutional Development

BIC 2340 Social World II (Baylor Interdisciplinary Core)