Alena Wolflink, Political Science Professor at the University of Denver

Alena L. Wolflink

Assistant Professor

  • Faculty

Professional Biography

Professor Wolflink specializes in political theories of identity and democratic agency. Her first book, “Claiming Value” is a conceptual-historical examination of economic and moral discourses of value.

She is currently working on a new book on the politics of desire, which brings democratic, political-economic, and queer theories to bear on problems like toxic masculinity and racial fetishization. Professor Wolflink teaches classes in political theory, including Radical Democracy, American Political Thought, Feminist Political Thought, and the Politics of Desire.

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  • BA, Political Science, Goucher College
  • MA, Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Ph.D., Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Professional Affiliations

  • American Political Science Association
  • Association for Political Theory
  • Western Political Science Association

Featured Publications

Wolflink, A. (2022). Claiming value: The politics of priority from Aristotle to Black Lives Matter . New York: Routledge.