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. This site focuses on my interests in 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., these posts about the ideological influences of C.H. Waddington, the founder of contemporary epigenetics and the development of genetics during the Cold War).
I currently teach courses in political science and philosophy at Idaho State University and the College of Eastern Idaho.
(Read my Research Statement)
My primary research interest is the place of the body in political theory and practice, with an emphasis on the connections between science and politics.
In addition to journal articles and numerous conference papers on the philosophical and political challenges of epigenetics, my book Epigenetics and Public Policy: The Tangled Web of Science and Policy was published in 2018. In this book, I provide an introduction to the scientific work being done in epigenetics. I also give a history of the science and the politics behind the recent emergence of epigenetics, from the late 1700s through the Cold War, and policy analyses of epigenetics in obesity and cancer.
I completed 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, where I focused on the different conceptions of the self in East Asian and Western philosophical traditions.
My current research focuses on the intertwining of the natural science and politics of the early modern era, particularly in regard to changing conceptions of the human body, with a focus on the American founding. I also work on the philosophy and the legacy of Benedict Spinoza.
(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 an approach to teaching based on helping students to develop their own connections to the course material.
I have published a paper in the Journal of Political Science Education on a unique group-project centered approach to teaching Introduction to American Government, and a number of university instructors have contacted me about implementing this design in their own courses. I apply this approach to all the courses I teach, which include Introduction to Politics, Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, Critical Analysis, State and Local Government, and Introduction to International Relations.
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