Leah Bradshaw

Professor, Political Science

BA (Bishop’s University)
MA, PhD (York University)

Office: Plaza 339
905-688-5550 x4282

Leah Bradshaw is Professor of Political Theory. She has spent her entire teaching career at Brock University.  She wrote her doctoral thesis on the work of Hannah Arendt, and subsequently published a book on Hannah Arendt (Acting and Thinking: The Political Thought of Hannah Arendt, University of Toronto Press, 1989) which won a CHOICE Award in the US for outstanding scholarly publication. Arendt continues to be an inspiration for her work, although research and publications over her career have expanded to include comparative accounts of themes such as empire and tyranny in classical and modern political theory, and critical reflections on citizenship, cosmopolitanism and political friendship. Current project is a book on the legacy of Canadian political philosopher George Grant.  Professor Bradshaw is a member of faculty in the Humanities PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies and  the Masters Program in Comparative Literature and the Arts, and well as Political Science.  She has done extensive graduate student supervision in all these programs, and has been nominated by her students for teaching and mentorship awards.

Area of specialization: 

  • Political theory
  • Hannah Arendt
  • Themes across the Western tradition (empire, oligarchy, tyranny, deliberative democracy)
  • Cosmopolitanism, citizenship, political friendship
  • “Classical Reason and Justice”, Ann Ward, ed. Classical Rationalism and the Politics of Europe (Cambridge Scholars Press) forthcoming.
  • “Challenges to a Deliberative Model of Citizenship”, David Edward Tabachnick and Leah Bradshaw, eds. Citizenship and Multiculturalism in Western Liberal Democracies (Lanham, Boulder New York and London, Lexington Books: Rowman and Littlefield) 2017 pp. 23-36. “This book brings together leading scholars in the field to offer a broad and far-reaching analysis of these important issues.” Simone Chambers, University of California, Irvine.
  • “John von Heyking on The Form of Politics: Aristotle and Plato on Friendship, International Political Anthropology, Vol 10:1, May, 2017 pp. 17-22.
  • “Between the Vita Activa and the Vita Contemplativa: Beiner’s Arendt”, Review of Politics special forum on the work of Ronald Beiner Vol. 78:2, March, 2016 pp. 287-289.
  • *“Ties of Friendship and Citizenship in a Globalized World”, David Livingstone, ed. Liberal Education, Civic Education and the Canadian Regime(McGill/Queen’s Press, 2015) pp. 216-230 (“If there is one thought that unites all contributors it is this: Canadians cannot take for granted the freedoms and enlightened government that have been bequeathed to us . . . a wonderfully instructive collection” Patrick Keeney, Literary Review of Canada)
  • *Immanuel Kant on Sovereignty, Cosmopolitanism and the Prospects for Peace, David Tabachnick and Toivo Koivukoski, eds, Defining Peace: The Question of Peace in Political Philosophy (Waterloo, Ontario, Wilfred Laurier Press, 2015) pp. 129-148 (“As one reads over this set of essays, and as one sees the so-called refugee crisis unfold across Europe, it is Leah Bradshaw’s essay on ‘Kant, Cosmopolitanism and the Prospects for Global Peace” that appears most compelling and timely . . . Bradshaw’s analysis of Kant highlights an important concern for the modern Western polis.” Alexander Blanchard, London School of Economics Review of Books)
  • *Thinking With Technology, John von Heyking and Thomas W. Heilke, eds,  Hunting and Weaving: Essays in Empirical Political Science (Indiana, St. Augustine Press, 2013)
  • How Thinking Saves Us, Lee Trepanier and John von Heyking, eds, Teaching Political Philosophy in an Age of Ideology (N.Y. Rowman and Littlefield: Lexington Books, 2012) pp.27-41 (“I opened Teaching in an Age of Ideology to look for stories of great teachers I knew or had read, and quickly I was confronted with unsolved questions of political philosophy and liberal education . . . These essays by master teachers about master teachers are not only enjoyable and illuminating; taken as a whole, they offer a précis of the great crises of the past century and an intimation of how the human spirit can transcend dark days.” James R. Stoner Jr., Louisiana State University for Perspectives)
  • *Oligarchs and Democrats, David Tabachnick and Toivo Koivukoski, eds, On Oligarchy: Ancient Lessons for Modern Politics  (Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2011) pp. 140-159 (Book was selected by Choice as one of the outstanding academic books in year of publication and named to the Hill Times List of Top 100 Best Political, Government, Public Policy and Canadian History Books of 2011)