Clarissa Rile Hayward

Associate Professor of Political Science

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Hayward is a political theorist whose research and teaching focus on questions central to understanding and evaluating political life: “What is social power, and how does it shape human freedom?” “What does democratic government entail, and what are its practical and institutional implications?” “How do social actors create and maintain identities?” Unlike theorists who attempt to answer such questions by relying exclusively on what Rawls called “ideal theory,” Hayward approaches these problems by examining their concrete manifestations, writing theoretical work that is grounded in the analysis of institutions and practices.

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Hayward selected for ethics fellowship at Harvard

Clarissa Rile Hayward, associate professor of political science in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, has been selected for the 2017-18 Fellows-in-Residence program at the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

WashU Expert: Advice to activists

Clarissa Rile Hayward, an associate professor of political science who studies the politics of power and resistance to power, offers advice for activists and others mobilizing to fight possible attacks on progressive programs during the Trump Administration.