I am the Doris Zemurry Stone Professor of Modern Literary and Historical Studies, Professor of Political Science, and affiliated with the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program at Union College in Schenectady, New York. I am a feminist political theorist interested in how political thinkers connect the interpretation and political meanings of particular bodies with broader political, social, and economic inequalities.
I explored these themes in the following 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).
I served for three years as the Critical Exchange Editor for Contemporary Political Theory (2013-2016). I am a currently 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 recently edited and published 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.
My journal articles have appeared in venues such as SIGNS, Political Theory, Contemporary Political Thought, Theory and Event, Perspectives on Politics, and Political Research Quarterly.
Visual culture, and film in particular, are my newest passion. With Bonnie Honig, I co-edited Politics, Theory, and Film: Critical Encounters with Lars von Trier(Oxford 2016). My current book project is on the feminist filmmakers Agnès Varda, Chantal Akerman, Catherine Breillat.
Politics with Beauvoir: Freedom in the Encounter is my latest book, published in August 2017 by Duke University Press. You can read the introduction to that book here: https://www.dukeupress.edu/Assets/PubMaterials/978-0-8223-6970-7_601.pdf
For more information and access to past articles visit my academia.edu page
Department of Political Science
Schenectady, NY, 12308