Alyson Cole is Professor of Political Science, Women’s & Gender Studies, American Studies, and Liberal Studies at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her work bridges political theory and American politics/culture, linking central questions of political thought—especially formulations of justice, the nature of victimization, vulnerability, and precarity, and the possibilities of resistance—with an examination of political ideologies, rhetoric, and law/policy-making, emphasizing gender, sexuality, and race.
Cole’s books include: The Cult of True Victimhood: From the War on Welfare to the War on Terror (Stanford University Press), Derangement and Liberalism (Routledge Press) and How Capitalism Forms Our Lives (Routledge Press). Her scholarship has been translated into French, Japanese, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish. Cole’s articles have appeared in journals such as Signs, American Studies, Theory & Event, Feminist Studies, Michigan Law Review, Gender, Work & Organization, Critical Horizons, and European Journal of Cultural Studies.
Cole is co-editor of Polity, Journal of Political Science and of philoSOPHIA: A Journal of transContinental Feminism. She is also a member of the editorial boards of Politics & Gender, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and International Journal of Criminology & Sociological Theory. She is the recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2008), the Graduate Center Mentoring Award (2021), a Mellon Resident Fellowship at the Humanities Center (2009-10), and served as a principal scholar in the “Vulnerable & Dynamic Forms of Life” International Network of Research, an interdisciplinary research collective supported by funding from the National Center for Scientific Research (2017-20). Cole was also appointed as a member of the Activist Educators Collective of the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault (2020-1). For eight years, Cole served the chair of the PhD/MA Program in Political Science at the Graduate Center (2014-22).