Heather Wilford

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Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer


Heather P. Wilford is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science. Her research and teaching engages with a broad array of thinkers in the history of political philosophy and American political thought, with a particular focus on 18th and 19th century French and British authors. She has written and presented on ethics, liberalism, empire, and popular sovereignty in the writings of J.J. Rousseau, Alexis de Tocqueville, and J.S. Mill. Her articles and reviews have appeared in The Adam Smith Review, Society, National Affairs, and City Journal. Currently she is at work on a book manuscript on the foreign policy prescriptions of Alexis de Tocqueville.

Wilford has previously taught courses in political theory and American politics at Middlebury College, Carleton College, and Boston College. She was a 2019-2020 Ethics Research Fellow at the United States Naval Academy’s Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership and during the 2018-2019 academic year she was a visiting scholar in the Government Department at Harvard University.


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  • Ph.D, Boston College, 2018
  • B.A., Middlebury College, 2010

Courses Taught at Yale:

  • DRST 005 Historical and Political Thought I (Fall 2021)
  • PLSC 015 Ancient Political Philosophy (Fall 2021, Fall 2022)
  • PLSC 302 Liberty, Equality, and Citizenship (Fall 2020, Fall 2022)
  • PLSC 331 Individualism and Community (Spring 2021, Spring 2022)
  • PLSC 306 Might and Right Among Nations (Spring 2023)