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Mark Pryor
  • Graduate Fellow 2011-2012


Mark Pryor is a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy, writing his dissertation, “Plato’s Political Psychology: ‘Regime Decline’ in ‘Republic’ Books VIII and IX,” under the direction of Professor Ronna Burger. He received a B.A. in history from The University of the South in 1981 and, after working as an editor and management consultant, returned to studies at St. John’s College (Santa Fe), where he completed master’s degrees in Liberal Arts in 2003 and Eastern Classics in 2005 before receiving his M.A. in philosophy at Tulane in 2009. He has been the recipient of the St. John’s College annual Writing Prize, a Tulane Summer Merit Research Fellowship, and an Exchange Fellowship at Freie Universität in Berlin. He published “Review of ‘Plato’s Meno’ translated by George Anastaplo and Laurence Berns” in “Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy” in 2010. His research interests are in political philosophy, history of philosophy, and political psychology, with a specialization in ancient philosophy.

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