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Political Theory

Political Theory at the Graduate Center addresses the myriad conjunctures of power and ethics that inform collective life. We privilege no perspective or tradition, and we employ a variety of critical approaches-historical, conceptual, analytical, and more-to promote political understanding.

Our course offerings require knowledge of the history of political thought but primarily reflect the diverse interests of our faculty. Those interests include: twentieth century political thought, contemporary political theory, feminist political theory and the political theory of gender and sexuality, Marxism, liberal and social democratic theory, democratic political theory, human rights, political theory in globalized societies, and political theory from non-Western and post-colonial perspectives

Students concentrating in political theory obtain education and training useful for academic research, writing, teaching, and otherwise contributing to many walks of public life.
Susan Buck-Morss – Critical Theory, Philosophy of History, Trans-local Global Commons
Mitchell Cohen – European political thought
Alyson Cole – feminist theory, politics of identity, American political culture
Paisley Currah – feminist, queer and transgender theory; sexuality and politics; politics of identity and rights discourse
Benedetto Fontana – ancient, modern and contemporary political theory; history of political thought
Carol Gould – international ethics, human rights, modern democracy
Jack Jacobs – Marxism, Critical Theory, Jewish political thought and movements
Young Kun Kim – cross-cultural political philosophy, Asian political thought
Uday Mehta – liberalism, post-colonial theory, globalization                      
Corey Robin – modern political and economic thought; conservatism/counterrevolution
John Wallach – political ethics, democratic theory, ancient Greek political thought; political interpretation
Richard Wolin – Frankfurt School, modern French and German political thought and politics