2021 Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award Winner

Michael E. Promisel
Assistant Professor of Politics
Coastal Carolina University 

Dr. Michael E. Promisel received the 2021 Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award at the International Leadership Association's 23rd Annual Global Conference for his dissertation, "Paragons of Prudence: Political Leadership in Classical Political Thought." 

Promisel is an assistant professor of politics at Coastal Carolina University, where he teaches courses in political philosophy and American politics. In his research, he draws on various traditions of political thought to reflect on timely questions concerning leadership, virtue, liberal education, and Catholic social thought. His scholarship has appeared in the Review of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, and Political Science Reviewer, to name a few. 

His dissertation sets out to answer the question, What makes political leaders good? Among other strengths, his thesis recovers and restates compellingly the Aristotelian concept of prudence and the importance of context-specific experience for effective political leadership. 

Promisel received a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.