My name is Shea K. Robison.
I earned my doctorate in Political Science, with specializations in political theory and public policy.
You can view my CV on my academic profile
My primary research interest is the intersection of biology, morality and politics. My current work focuses on the political consequences of the emerging science of epigenetics which suggests an unprecedented level of biological interconnectivity between ourselves and our environments.
My guiding model for this project, which I discuss in much more detail here, is:
or that the politics of a particular time are inseparable from the ethics and the natural science of that time, all of which revolve around the prevailing concept of self. In my research, I have found a wealth of evidence for these profound connections between the natural sciences, politics and ethics which pertain directly to the recent emergence of epigenetics (e.g., this post about epigenetics and the Cold War).
My most recent appointment was as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (CEACOP) in the Department of Public Policy at the City University of Hong Kong. The focus of my work there was on the political and philosophical implications of a notion of the self that is inextricably intertwined with the rest of the world in comparison with the hyper-individualism that characterizes many contemporary Western views.
(Read my Research Statement)
I am actively engaged in producing scholarly work in this area. I have presented numerous conference papers on the philosophical and political challenges of epigenetics. I have a manuscript recently accepted for publication at Politics and the Life Sciences. I am also completing a book on the complications introduced by epigenetics into public policy (Epigenetics and Public Policy: The Tangled Web of Science and Policy), which includes both a history of science and politics going back to the 1800s and a policy analysis of epigenetics in obesity and cancer, to be published by Praeger/ABC-CLIO in February 2018.
(Read my Teaching Philosophy)
As I describe in more detail in my teaching philosophy, I relish teaching in the classroom. I chose the doctoral program at Idaho State for its explicit teaching emphasis, in addition to research. With this experience I developed a unique group project-centered approach to teaching Introduction to American Government focused on learning through active engagement with the community. I co-authored a paper on the success of this course design that was published in the Journal of Political Science Education, and a number of university instructors have contacted me about implementing this design in their own courses. In addition, I have presented conference papers about different aspects of this course design, such as the unanticipated benefits realized by female students.
I have also designed and taught an Introduction to Politics course constructed around deep engagement with primary sources via multiple contexts and formats (e.g., lectures, focused readings, open and structured discussions, class panels, writing assignments of varying lengths, and so on). My construction of this course also works quite well as an introduction to political theory and philosophy. I have taught eight sections of Introduction to American Government plus the Introduction to Politics course, and I have received overwhelmingly positive student reviews for every section I have taught.
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