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Wendy Gunther-Canada

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Heritage Hall 414
(205) 934-8674

Research and Teaching Interests: Political philosophy, history of ideas, gender and citizenship

Office Hours: T/Th 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.; and by appointment


  • BA, University of Utah
  • MA, Rutgers University
  • PhD, Rutgers University

Wendy Gunther-Canada is the author of Rebel Writer: Mary Wollstonecraft and Enlightenment Politics (Northern Illinois University Press, 2001) and the co-author with Nancy McGlen, Karen O'Connor, and Laura van Assendelft of Women, Politics, and American Society, 3rd, 4th and 5th editions (Pearson, Longman Classics in Political Science series, 2002, 2005, 2012).

Dr. Gunther-Canada has published numerous articles and book chapters on political rights, citizenship, and gender politics. Her essay "The Politics of Sense and Sensibility: Mary Wollstonecraft and Catharine Macaulay on Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France" won both the Marian D. Irish Award and the Frederick W. Conner Prize in the History of Ideas.

Dr. Gunther-Canada is the Chair of the UAB Commission on the Status of Women and past president of the Women's Caucus for Political Science. She has received the UAB President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Award for Exemplary Mentoring of a Graduate Student from the Committee on the Status of Latinos y Latinas of the American Political Science Association.

  • Recent Courses

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    • Introduction to Political Theory
    • Women and Politics
    • American Political Thought
    • Classical Political Thought
    • Modern Political Theory
    • Capstone Seminar in Political Theory
  • Select Publications
    Books: Book Chapter:
    • "Catharine Macaulay's 'Loose Remarks' on Hobbesian Politics," in Feminist Interpretations of Thomas Hobbes, Nancy Hirschman and Joanne Wright, eds. (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013).
  • Academic Distinctions & Professional Memberships
    • Sigma Gamma Alpha Faculty Member of the Year 2012-2013
    • UAB Outstanding Woman UAB Faculty Member
    • Executive Council member, Southern Political Science Association
    • Co-Principal Investigator, UAB ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award from the National Science Foundation,  2003-2010
    • American Political Science Association
    • Southern Political Science Association