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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: 

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 2019 book, "The Possibility of Religious Freedom: Early Natural Law and the Abrahamic Faiths" examined 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 an M.A. and Ph.D. 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 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
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
CEL 492Honors Directed Study
CEL 493Honors Thesis
CEL 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
CEL 100Great Ideas Politics & Ethics
CEL 394Special Topics
CEL 492Honors Directed Study
CEL 493Honors Thesis
CEL 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CEL 194Special Topics
CEL 394Special Topics
CEL 492Honors Directed Study
CEL 499Individualized Instruction
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