Emily Hauptmann

Emily Hauptmann
Professor of Political Science
(269) 387-5695
(269) 387-4930
3356 Friedmann Hall, Mail Stop 5346
Mailing address: 
Department of Political Science
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5346 USA
Office hours: 

By appointment.

  • Ph.D., University of California, 1992
Teaching interests: 
  • Contemporary political theory
  • History of political thought
Research interests: 
  • Contemporary democratic theory
  • The history of political sciences

Dr. Emily Hauptmann is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Western Michigan University. Hauptmann is also co-founder of the Association of Political Theory, a professional association for political theorists and philosophers.

Hauptmann's publications include:

  • Putting Choice Before Democracy: A Critique of Rational Choice Theory (SUNY, 1996)
  • A Local History of the Political (Political Theory, 2004)
  • From Opposition to Accommodation: How Rockefeller Foundation Grants Redefined Relations between Political Theory and Social Science in the 1950s (American Political Science Review, 2006)
  • The Ford Foundation and the Rise of Behavioralism in Political Science (The Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 2012)
  • “Propagandists for the Behavioral Sciences”: The Overlooked Partnership between the Carnegie Corporation and the SSRC in the Mid-Twentieth Century (The Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 2016)
  • The Evolution of Political Theory in Berkeley in a Climate of Experiment and Secession (PS: Political Science & Politics, 2017)
  • The Theorists’ Gambit: Kenneth Thompson’s Cultivation of Theoretical Knowledge about Politics during the Early Cold War (The International History Review, 2019)

Hauptmann is writing a book about the relation between external funding and conceptions of research and knowledge in postwar political science.