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Carly Herold

Visiting Assistant Professor, Conflict Studies Minor Coordinator
Welles 105B
Carly Herold

Carly Herold teaches courses in political theory, American politics, and the humanities at Geneseo.  She is also the coordinator of the Conflict Studies minor. Her research focuses on classical Greek and Roman political thought, as well as on ancient and modern statesmanship and constitutionalism.  She is currently at work on a book on the political philosophy of Cicero and his reflections on the power of reason in political life, as well as an article on Thucydides' reflections on political ambition and statesmanship.  Before coming to Geneseo, she held a post-doctoral fellowship at the College of the Holy Cross and received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

"Quid Sit Tyrannus: Seeking to Understand Tyranny Within and Among Regimes."Perspectives on Political Science: Vol. 46:4.

“Life and Death as a Political Act: Cicero and the Stoics” in Political Theory on Death and Dying. Edited by Erin Dolgoy, Bruce Peabody, and Kimberly Hurd Hale. Routledge Press. Forthcoming, September 2021.

2014  Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
2010  M.A. University of Texas at Austin
2005  B.A. Magna Cum Laude, Tufts
           University: Political Science and Classics


  • HONR 101: The Nature of Inquiry

    An examination of proposed standards for the evaluation of progress in inquiry. The course focuses on the concepts of knowledge, meaning, truth, and evidence and on classic texts addressing these topics, such as those of Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, and Kant. Prerequisites: Admission into the honors program.

  • PHIL 216: Reasoning & the Law

    An introduction to critical reasoning skills that is narrowly focused on the specific needs of undergraduate prelaw students, and an analysis of original material in the legal field. Topics covered include basics of recognizing arguments, informal methods and techniques for evaluating arguments, techniques for writing argumentatively, the nature of the law and fundamentals of the legal context, the distinction between descriptive and normative legal reasoning, how lawyers reason, how judges reason, and detailed analysis of several important cases. Offered every fall

  • PHIL 359: Social & Political Philosophy

    This course will consider some of the foundational issues we face in our search for the best group-living arrangements. Such issues will include, but not be limited to, the conflict between individual liberty and social equality, the criteria for just distribution of wealth, and the proper role and form of government. We will consider how questions about these issues have been addressed historically by philosophers since Plato and Aristotle. We will also explore how contemporary political works by Rawls, Nozick, and others might help us understand and try to solve our own political and social problems.