I am the Doris Zemurry Stone Professor of Modern Literary and Historical Studies, Professor of Political Science, affiliated with the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program, and currently director of Africana Studies at Union College in Schenectady, New York. I am interested in feminist literary criticism, feminist interpretations of the history of political thought, and feminist film studies.
My early books: (Un)Manly Citizens: J.J. Rousseau’s and Germaine de Stael’s Subversive Women (Hopkins, 1999); Feminist Thinkers and the Demands of Femininity (Routledge, 2006); W Stands for Women: How the George W. Bush Presidency Shaped a New Politics of Gender (co-edited with Michaele Ferguson, Duke, 2007); and Simone de Beauvoir’s Political Thinking (co-edited with Patricia Moynagh, Univ. of Illinois, 2006).
More recently, I edited Fifty-One Key Feminist Thinkers (Routledge, 2016) which features 51 prominent and emerging feminist thinkers with short, lively, and sometimes surprising essays on 51 historical and contemporary feminist thinkers.
With Bonnie Honig, I co-edited Politics, Theory, and Film: Critical Encounters with Lars von Trier (Oxford 2016).
Politics with Beauvoir: Freedom in the Encounter is my latest single authored book, published in 2017 by Duke University Press. This book won the Pamela Jensen Prize for Best Book in Politics, Literature, and Film from the American Political Science Asssociation in 2018.
The introduction to the book is available here: https://www.dukeupress.edu/Assets/PubMaterials/978-0-8223-6970-7_601.pdf
My current book project is called Find Our Mothers: Feminist Criticism for a New World.
I served for three years as the Critical Exchange Editor for Contemporary Political Theory (2013-2016). I a board member of Theory and Event; and with Jill Frank, Cornell, I am a consulting editor for Political Theory edited by Lawrie Balfour, University of Virginia. I am a Member of the APSA Council.
For more information and access to published articles, please visit my academia.edu page
Department of Political Science
Schenectady, NY, 12308