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Karen Taliaferro

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Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0602
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0602
Biography

A political theorist by training, Karen Taliaferro's research interests include ancient and medieval political philosophy as well as religion and politics, with a particular emphasis on Islamic thought. Her current book project, "The Possibility of Religious Freedom: Early Natural Law and the Abrahamic Faiths" examines the perennial conflict of divine law and human law, proposing a re-examination of ancient and medieval traditions of natural law to held mitigate the conflict.

Taliaferro's education includes a B.A. in Political Science and French from Marquette University and a master's and doctorate in government from Georgetown University, as well as additional training in classics from Northwestern University. She has previously taught humanities and Great Books at Villanova University and has held research fellowships at the James Madison Program at Princeton University, as well as Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Doha, Qatar. Taliaferro was also awarded a 2011 NSEP/Boren grant for Arabic studies and research on human rights curriculum in Morocco. Prior to her academic career, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2006-2008 in rural Morocco, focusing on health education and development training.

Education
  • Ph.D. Government and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University 2015
  • M.A. Government, Georgetown University 2013
  • B.A. Political Science and French, Marquette University 2005
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CEL 394Special Topics
CEL 475Statesmanship & Am Strategy
CEL 492Honors Directed Study
CEL 493Honors Thesis
CEL 494Special Topics
CEL 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CEL 100Great Ideas Politics & Ethics
CEL 194Special Topics
CEL 492Honors Directed Study
CEL 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CEL 194Special Topics
CEL 394Special Topics
CEL 492Honors Directed Study
CEL 493Honors Thesis
CEL 494Special Topics
CEL 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CEL 194Special Topics