Alisa Rosenthal


Born and raised in the suburbs of New York city, Alisa Professor Rosenthal studies political theory, reconciliation studies, constitutional law, and feminist theory. She has presented her research at numerous conferences including those sponsored by the American Political Science Association, the Western Political Science Association, and the Law and Society Association, and is completing work on two book manuscripts: Liberal Bodies: Bodily Invasion and Political Theory and The Subject of Suffering: Deliberative Democracy and Injustice (coauthored with Julie White of Ohio University). At Gustavus, Professor Rosenthal teaches courses in ancient and modern political theory, constitutional law, political and legal thinking, and civil rights and liberties.

Professor Rosenthal also serves as the Fellowships Coordinator in the Gustavus Fellowships Office where she works with talented Gustavus students applying for nationally competitive scholarships, awards, and fellowships.

Professor Rosenthal is an avid fan of the Tottenham Hotspur and of international soccer generally, a multiple-time winner of the Political Science Cookie Bake-off, and the current holder of the Golden Gavel, the trophy awarded to the winner of the Polstitutional Olympics, a (semi-)annual competition between Professor Kate Knutson's Public Policy class and Professor Rosenthal's Constitutional Law class.


B.A. Beloit College in Wisconsin (Political Science and History); M.A., Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison (2001, Political Science)

Courses Taught


POL-399 (Senior Seminar)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
POL-160Political and Legal Thinking132014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, and 2004/FA
POL-390US Constitutional Law82015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2007/FA, 2005/FA, and 2004/FA
POL-265Quest for Community62014/FA, 2013/FA, 2010/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, and 2005/FA
POL-395Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties62010/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, and 2005/SP
POL-285Sex, Power, and Politics52014/FA, 2011/SP, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/FA
POL-268Career Exploration32012/JN, 2007/JN, and 2006/JN
POL-344ST: Law & Identity32011/FA, 2006/FA, and 2005/FA
POL-099Senior Thesis32011/FA, 2006/FA, and 2005/FA
POL-399Senior Seminar22012/FA and 2005/SP
POL-290Law and Society12015/SP
GWS-285Sex, Power, Politics12014/FA
FTS-100FTS:Racial Change Pol.12013/FA
POL-242Reacting to the Past12013/JN
POL-246Rights Revolution12006/JN