Daniel Kapust

Position title: Chair of ILS, Professor of Political Science, Judith Hicks Stiehm Chair in Political Theory



Daniel Kapust received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005, and came to UW after six years in the Department of Political Science at The University of Georgia. Kapust’s research focuses on the history of political thought, especially Roman, Florentine, early modern, and the 18th century, along with rhetoric, democratic theory, and the republican tradition.

His book, Republicanism, Rhetoric, and Roman Political Thought: Sallust, Livy, and Tacitus, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. He has published articles or chapters on Hobbes, Machiavelli, Rousseau, Cicero, Sallust, Livy, and Tacitus, along with topics including flattery, rhetoric, censorship, and fear. His work has been published in theAmerican Political Science ReviewJournal of Politics, Political TheoryPolitical Studies, History of Political Thought, Journal of the History of Ideas, and the European Journal of Political Theory.

He has recently completed a second book project on flattery and political theory, titled Flattery in the History of Political Thought: That Glib and Oily Art, and has begun to work on two new book projects: one on Lucretius and early modern political thought, the other on imperial republics. He is also the Director of the Political Economy, Philosophy, and Politics Certificate Program.

Beth Shipman

Position title: Program Administrator


Laura Bradley

Position title: Academic Advisor


Laura (she/her/hers) is a 2011 graduate of the Integrated Liberal Studies Program, and she completed her BA (History) and MSW degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her background includes work as an Academic Advisor at UW-Madison and as a medical social worker (a profession for which her interdisciplinary education was particularly helpful).

Laura is available to meet with any student who is pursuing an ILS Certificate, or who is interested in learning more about ILS courses or the certificate.

In-person, virtual, and telephone appointments with Laura can be scheduled via Starfish. If you cannot find a time that works with your schedule, please email Laura for additional options.

For quick questions, feel free to email Laura.