Doctoral Student Profile


Katherine Paton Hoss

Political Theory and American Government

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Curriculum Vitae


M.A., Political Science, Northern Illinois University, 2013

B.A., Political Science, Bridgewater State University, 2011

Overview of Scholarly Activity

Research interests include modern political thought, democratic theory, liberalism and citizenship. My current research analyzes the role of the people, corruption and greatness in Machiavelli's Rome.

Presentations of Research

Katherine Paton. “What We Have Here is Failure to Perpetuate: Greatness, the Common Good and Empire in Machiavelli’s Discourses.” To be presented at Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 6-9, 2017.

Katherine Paton. “Rome’s Mistaken Foundations: Virtue, Corruption and Machiavellian Democracy.” Presented at Northwestern Political Science Association, Boston, MA, November 10-12, 2016.

Katherine Paton. “Plato’s Philosopher King: Philosopher or just King?” Presented at Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago IL, April 11-14, 2014.

Other Conference Participation

Women’s Caucus Roundtable. Northeastern Political Science Association, Boston, MA. November 10-12, 2016. Invited to participate.    

Classes Taught

Democracy in America
Introduction to American Government
Origin of Politics
Women and Politics
University 101

Contact Us

Department of Political Science
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Phone: 815-753-1011
Fax: 815-753-6302