Faculty

Giulia Sissa

Professor

Contact Information

Email    sissa@polisci.ucla.edu
Office  4238 Bunche Hall
Phone  (310) 825-4331
Professor of Political Science and Classics She graduated with a Laurea in Classics from the University of Pavia, 1977, then with a Doctorat de IIIe cycle in Classical Studies, 1983, from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. She has been a researcher at the Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale, at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris, and professor of Classics and head of department at the Johns Hopkins University. She holds a joint appointment in Classics and Political Science at the University of California Los Angeles.

Giulia Sissa is the author of numerous books and articles on the history, anthropology and philosophy of the ancient world. Her interest for the past is always connected to major contemporary issues, such as feminism, sexuality, addiction, democratic theory, utopian thinking, and political emotions.

Her publications include Madre Materia. Biologia e sociologia della donna antica, with S. Campese and P. Manuli (Torino, 1983); Le corps virginal. La Virginit'e f'eminine en Gr`ece ancienne (Paris, 1987), translated as Greek Virginity (Boston, 1989), and La verginit'e in Grecia (Bari, 1992); La vie quotidienne des dieux grecs, with M. Detienne (Paris, 1989), translated as La vita quotidiana degli dei greci (Bari, 1989), La vida quotidiana de los dios griegos (Madrid, 1990) and The Daily Life of the Greek Gods (Stanford UP, 2000); Le Plaisir et le Mal. Philosophie de la drogue (Paris, 1997 ; translated into Italian, German, Spanish and Portuguese), L'âme est un corps de femme, (Paris, 2000; translated into Spanish and Portuguese) and Eros tiranno. Sessualit`a e sensualit`a nel mondo antico (Bari, 2004). An English version of this book is forthcoming: Sex and Sensuality in the Ancient World, Yale UC, October 2008. A French version, La Sensualit'e des Anciens, Paris, Odile Jacob, is also forthcoming.

Giulia Sissa is currently working on ancient democracy and imperialism, on politics and the passions, and on the political pursuit of pleasure, from Athens to Utopia.
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Fields of Study

Political Theory

Current Courses by Term

2017 Spring Quarter

Directed Research in Political Science

2017 Summer Session

Comparative Government and Politics of Western Europe: West European Government and Politics

Previous Courses by Term

2016 Spring Quarter

Democracy and Utopias

Ancient and Medieval Political Theory

Introduction to Political Theory: Classical and Medieval Formulations from Plato through Aquinas

2015 Spring Quarter

Democracy and Utopias

2015 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Political Theory: Classical and Medieval Formulations from Plato through Aquinas

2014 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Political Theory

Introduction to Political Theory: Classical and Medieval Formulations from Plato through Aquinas

2014 Summer Session

Special Studies in Comparative Politics

2014 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Political Theory: Early Modern Period from Machiavelli through the Enlightenment

2013 Fall Quarter

Ancient and Medieval Political Theory

2013 Summer Session

Special Studies in Political Theory

Special Studies in Comparative Politics

2013 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Political Theory

Invention of Democracy

Selected Texts in Political Theory

2012 Winter Quarter

History of Political Thought: Ancient and Medieval Political Theory from Plato to Machiavelli

Selected Texts in Political Theory

2011 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Political Theory

2011 Winter Quarter

Selected Texts in Political Theory

2010 Spring Quarter

Selected Texts in Political Theory

2010 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Political Theory

Invention of Democracy

2008 Winter Quarter

History of Political Thought: Ancient and Medieval Political Theory from Plato to Machiavelli

2007 Winter Quarter

Invention of Democracy

Selected Topics in Political Theory

2006 Fall Quarter

History of Political Thought: Ancient and Medieval Political Theory from Plato to Machiavelli

2006 Spring Quarter

Selected Topics in Political Theory

2006 Winter Quarter

History of Political Thought: Ancient and Medieval Political Theory from Plato to Machiavelli

2005 Winter Quarter

Invention of Democracy

2004 Fall Quarter

History of Political Thought: Ancient and Medieval Political Theory from Plato to Machiavelli

Selected Topics in Political Theory

2004 Spring Quarter

Invention of Democracy

Selected Topics in Political Theory

2004 Winter Quarter

History of Political Thought: Ancient and Medieval Political Theory from Plato to Machiavelli

2002 Fall Quarter

History of Political Thought: Ancient and Medieval Political Theory from Plato to Machiavelli

Previous Courses by Course

POL SCI M111A
Ancient and Medieval Political Theory

2016 Spring Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

HNRS 134
Democracy and Utopias

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

POL SCI 210A
Introduction to Political Theory: Classical and Medieval Formulations from Plato through Aquinas

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 10
Introduction to Political Theory

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 169
Special Studies in Comparative Politics

2014 Summer Session

2013 Summer Session

POL SCI 210B
Introduction to Political Theory: Early Modern Period from Machiavelli through the Enlightenment

2014 Winter Quarter

POL SCI 119
Special Studies in Political Theory

2013 Summer Session

POL SCI 217
Selected Texts in Political Theory

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

POL SCI M112B
Invention of Democracy

2013 Spring Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

POL SCI M111A
History of Political Thought: Ancient and Medieval Political Theory from Plato to Machiavelli

2012 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

POL SCI 218
Selected Topics in Political Theory

2007 Winter Quarter

2006 Spring Quarter

POL SCI C218
Selected Topics in Political Theory

2004 Fall Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter