Political Theory Faculty
Lawrie Balfour's work centers on issues of race, gender, power, and memory. She is the author of The Evidence of Things Not Said: James Baldwin and the Promise of American Democracy (Cornell, 2001) and the forthcoming Democracy's Reconstruction: Thinking Politically with W. E. B. Du Bois (Oxford). She is currently at work on a book manuscript on reparations for slavery and Jim Crow.
Colin Bird’s research focuses primarily on liberalism and democratic theory. His book The Myth of Liberal Individualism (Cambridge, 1999) sharply criticizes recent libertarian political theory and challenges several prevailing characterizations of the liberal tradition and its rivals. On leave at Princeton's Center for Human Values for the 2001-02 academic year, Colin is writing a book on the concept of respect, as well as an introductory volume on political philosophy.
George Klosko works in the history of political theory, especially Greek political theory, and on contemporary normative issues, notably political obligation. His recent books include Political Obligations (Oxford, 2005) and the Second Edition of The Development of Plato's Political Theory (Oxford, 2006). He is currently editing The Oxford Handbook of the History of Political Philosophy, and working on a study of the development of central concepts in American liberalism during the New Deal period
Chris Lebron's work is broadly located within non-ideal theory. His book manuscript addresses racial inequality and justice, and his latest project is on the relationship between luck, blame, and normative political theory.
Melvin L. Rogers works in the history of political theory, especially American Political Thought, and on themes relating to pragmatism, John Dewey, democratic theory, republicanism, and race. His most recent book, The Undiscovered Dewey: Religion, Morality, and the Ethos of Democracy (Columbia UP, 2008), explores the influence of Darwinian evolution and its corresponding ideas of contingency and uncertainty on Dewey’s religious, ethical, and democratic philosophy. He is currently at work on two book projects, the first uses the philosophical and political category of “the people” understood as a not yet realized ideal, and argues that this category served as the space in which women and blacks sought to transform their fellows in 19 th and 20 th century America. The second project, explores the relationship between philosophical ideas of excellence and its relationship to democratic governance in American political thought.
Jennifer Rubenstein works on issues in contemporary international political theory. She is especially interested in global justice, democratic theory as it pertains to unelected actors, international ethics, theories of moral responsibility, methods of non-ideal theory, and the relationship between imagination and politics. She has published or forthcoming articles in Journal of Politics, Journal of Political Philosophy and Journal of Social Philosophy, as well as chapters in several edited volumes. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation, entitled “Just Samaritans? Political Ethics for Anti-poverty NGOs.”
Stephen White examines issues in critical social theory and continental political thought. His most book, Sustaining Affirmation: The Strengths of Weak Ontology in Political Theory (Princeton UP, 2000), develops the concept of "weak ontology," which is central to the enterprise of creating constructive political theory without foundations. He has explored the implications of this project for how we conceive of citizens and democracy today in his most recent work, The Ethos of a Late-Modern Citizen (Harvard UP, 2009)
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The Political Theory Colloquium provides an informal, interdisciplinary forum for the presentation of work in progress. The Colloquium features papers in the fields of political philosophy, religious studies, ethics, intellectual history, and related disciplines. Papers are distributed in advance and participants should come prepared to discuss them in detail.
The Colloquium meets on Fridays from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Our first meeting will be in Nau 342; and all remaining sessions will meet in the graduate lounge in Gibson 296. Lunch is provided! If you are interested in attending one or more of these sessions, please contact Molly Scudder to be added to our mailing list.
POLITICAL THEORY COLLOQUIUM SCHEDULE
Faculty Organizer : Lawrie Balfour, Associate Professor, Department of Politics ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Assistant Coordinator: Molly Scudder, Graduate Student, Department of Politics (email@example.com)
September 17: Cathy Cohen, Political Science, University of Chicago (co-sponsored by the Miller Center); 12:30-2:00 at the Miller Center.
September 24: Joseph Winters , Religious Studies, UNC Charlotte.
October 15: David Novitsky , Graduate Student, Department of Politics, UVA.
November 5: Sofia Nasstrőm , University of Stockholm/New School.
November 12: Susan Bickford , Political Science, UNC Chapel Hill.
December 3: George Shulman , Gallatin School, NYU (co-sponsored by the Miller Center); 12:00-2:00 at the Miller Center).
January 28:Greta Snyder, Graduate Student, Politics, UVA, "Multivalent Recognition: A Politics of Recognition for Late Modern America.”
Discussant : Marlon Ross, English and Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies (PLEASE NOTE: THIS COLLOQUIUM WILL MEET IN NAU 342).
February 11:Daniel Devereux, Philosophy, UVA, “Aristotle on Claims to Political Authority: Politics III 9-18.”
Discussant : Evan Pivonka, Politics.
February 25:Elizabeth Anker, American Studies, George Washington University, “'Orgies of Feeling': Nietzsche, Melodrama and the Pursuit of American Freedom.” Discussant : Callum Ingram, Politics.
March 25 : Tommie Shelby, African American Studies and Philosophy, Harvard University, "Justice, Work, and the Ghetto Poor.”
Discussant : Kristina Meshelski, Philosophy and Evan Farr, Politics.
April 15 :Will Umphres, Graduate Student, Politics, UVA.
Discussant : TBA
April 29:Nancy Hirschmann, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania.
Discussant: Claire Timperley, Politics