Michael Locke McLendon is chair and professor of political science at California State University, Los Angeles, where he has been teaching courses in political theory since 2003. He earned his BA at the University of Wisconsin, his MA at Columbia University, and his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on the role of emotions in modern to late modern political thought. He is the author of The Psychology of Inequality: Rousseau’s “Amour-Propre” (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018) as well as several articles and book chapters on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Alexis de Tocqueville and Jean-Paul Sartre. His work as appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Theory, Polity, Journal of Politics, and The Review of Politics. Before arriving at CSULA, he taught at Trinity College (Hartford, CT) and the University of Texas at Austin.