Mika LaVaque-Manty is is the Director of the Honors Program. He is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Professor of Philosophy. A philosopher by training, he is a political theorist whose research interests focus on how people develop and maintain a sense of autonomy, and on what kinds of institutions foster and support autonomy. He is particularly interested in educational institutions, although he has written on dueling, doping, and Johnny Cash, among other wacky topics.
Writing in Political Science: A Very Brief Guide, with Danielle LaVaque-Manty. Oxford University Press, 2016.
“Implementing Metacognitive Interventions in Disciplinary Writing Classes,” with E. Margaret Evans, in Kaplan, LaVaque-Manty, Meizlish & Silver, Reflection and Metacognition in College Teaching. Stylus Publishing, 2013.
“Kant on Education,” in Kant’s Political Theory, Elisabeth Ellis, ed. Penn State University Press, 2012.
The Playing Fields of Eton: Equality and Excellence in Modern Meritocracy. University of Michigan Press, 2009.
“Johnny Cash and the Ring of Truth,” with Robert W. Mickey, in Johnny Cash and Philosophy, ed. John Huss and David Werther. Open Court, 2008.
“Dueling for Equality: Masculine Honor and the Modern Politics of Dignity,” Political Theory 34:6 (December 2006).
“Equal Opportunity to Meaningful Competitions: Disability Rights and Justice in Sports,” Disability Studies Quarterly 25:3 (June 2005).
“Food, Functioning and Justice: From Famines to Eating Disorders,” Journal of Political Philosophy 9:2, 2001.