Dr. Paula Olearnik

Paula Olearnik, Ph.D. earned her doctorate in 2010 Political Theory with a minor in International Relations from Georgetown University, Washington DC. Her dissertation focused on the humanist foundations of contemporary liberal democracy. She holds a BA in Philosophy from Cambridge University and an MA from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. She teaches courses on American Democracy, The History of Political and Social Thought, The Politics of Biotechnology and Education and Democracy. In addition to her academic interests, she worked as a research assistant at the Washington-based Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. Dr. Olearnik is also the co-founder of a DC-based non-profit organization The American-Polish Forum and currently works as the director of their Poland Office.

Research interests:

Dr. Olearnik's main research interests include secularization and the role of religion in the public sphere, the politics of biotechnology and contemporary liberal theory.

Current projects:

Book in Progress: Beyond Exclusive Humanism.