Assistant Professor of Political Science, Duke Kunshan University
Associate Chair for Division of Social Sciences, Undergraduate Program, Duke Kunshan University
His research interests are in political theory and comparative politics. He is currently completing a manuscript on freedom and toleration , as understood in ancient China and early modern Europe. Future projects include a re-examination of the "Asian values" debate and a comparative study of the concept of justice. In addition, he is engaged in research into the history of American politics thought, with a particular focus on issues concerning disagreement, diversity and the reception of non-Western thought within the U.S. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include ethics and leadership, global China studies, U.S. studies, institutions and governance, and political science.
Rathnam has a B.A. in philosophy (honors) from Davidson College, studied in the interuniversity program in Chinese language studies at Tsinghua University, and has an M.A. in East Asian studies and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto. He is a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University and in 2016-2017 was a visiting instructor in the Department of Political Science at Davidson College.
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