Professional and Biographical Information
Ph.D. Government, Cornell University, 1985
M.A. Political Science, Pennsylvania State University, 1978
B.A. Political Science, Pennsylvania State University, 1976
1982-83, Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science, Wartburg College
1983-85, Visiting Assistant Professor, Social Sciences, University of Houston-Downtown
1985-91, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Amherst College
1991-1997, Associate Professor (with tenure),Political Science, Amherst College
1997-present, Professor, Political Science, Amherst College
1991-1992, Chair, Political Science Department, Amherst College
1998-1999, Chair, Political Science Department, Amherst College
2007-2009, Chair, Political Science Department, Amherst College
Areas of Expertise
In Political Theory:
Liberalism, Democratic Theory, Critical Theory, Feminist Theory, American Political Thought, Continental Philosophy
In American Politics:
American National Politics, Political Culture, The Presidency, Law and Society, Race and Gender.
Academic Honors and Awards
Sage Graduate Fellowship, Cornell University, 1978-79
Government Department Teaching Assistantship, Cornell University, 1979-81.
Writing Program Fellow, Cornell University, 1981-82.
NEH Summer Fellowship, College Teachers Seminar Program Participant in seminar, "Interpretation and Genealogy in Politics," William E. Connolly, University of Massachusetts, Summer, 1984.
Lazarowitz Lecturer, Amherst College, Spring, 1987.
NEH Summer Fellowship, College Teachers Seminar Program Participant in seminar, "Political Symbolism," Murray Edelman, University of Wisconsin, Summer, 1987.
Loewenstein Faculty Fellow, Amherst College, 1988-89.
Faculty Research Grant, Amherst College, 1994-95, for the study of televised images.
Faculty Research Grant, Amherst College, 1996-99, to support publication of Theory&Event.
John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Fellow, 2001-2002.
Visiting Faculty Member, NEH Summer Institute, “Emerson at 200,” Santa Fe, New Mexico, July, 2003.
Senior Faculty Fellowship, Amherst College, 2005-2006.
Democracy and Punishment: Disciplinary Origins of the United States, Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 1987.
united states, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994. Published in "Contestations," the Cornell Series in Contemporary Political Theory, general editor, William E. Connolly.
Michel Foucault and the Politics of Freedom, Newbury Park: Sage Publications,1996, in the series "Modernity and Political Thought," general editor, Morton Schoolman. Second edition, with a new preface, Rowman and Littlefield, 2002.
A Politics of the Ordinary, New York: NYU Press, 1999.
Loneliness As a Way of Life, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008. Italian translation, forthcoming, Bollati Boringhieri Editore, 2011.
Coming Home, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, under contract, tentatively set for completion, 2011.
Rhetorical Republic: Governing Representations in American Politics, co-edited with Frederick Dolan of the University of California, Berkeley, Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1993.
Performing Violence, co-edited with Carlene Basler and Austin Sarat, both of Amherst College, Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, forthcoming, 2010.
Journals Special Issues Edited:
Coeditor, with Wendy Brown, of special issue of Theory&Event: “11 September and After,” (Issue 5.4, January 2002).
Coeditor, with Jodi Dean, of special issue of Theory&Event: “The 2004 Election,’ (Issue 9.1, April, 2005)
Articles and Essays
“Friendly Persuasion: Quakers, Liberals, and the Birth of the Prison," in Political Theory, August, 1985.
“Comments on Crosby,” The Berkshire Review, 1986.
“The Politics of Post-modern Aesthetics: Habermas Contra Foucault” in Political Theory, May, 1988.
“Critical Response to Michael Rogin,” May, 1989, Political Theory, (Response to a review essay of Democracy and Punishment entitled "The Tranquilizing Text?," in Political Theory, February, 1989).
“Fear of Law,” in Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, (JAI Press), 1990.
“‘A Disease, a Symptom, a Disease’: American Nervousness, 1903, by Tom Lutz,” a review essay in American Quarterly, September, 1992.
"Les elections presidentielles americaines de 1992: une novelle politique de la cloture,” ("The Politics of the New Enclosures: The 1992 American Presidential Elections"), a report from the United States for Futur Anterieur (Paris), 1992. 4-5.
“Liberals and Strangers” (a review essay of Multiculturalism and “The Politics of Recognition”, by Charles Taylor et al.,) in Political Theory, February, 1994.
“Toy Stories: Downsizing American Masculinity,” in Cultural Values, Volume 1, No 1, (1997).
“Resignation,”in Critical Inquiry, Autumn, 1998. (Inspiration for the exhibit, “Damaged Romanticism,” Parrish Museum, Southampton, NY/Grey Galley, NYC, February/April, 2009, reviewed in New York Times, February 20, 2009.)
“Disturbing the Peace,” a critical response to William Chaloupka’s “Rodney King and the Awkward Pause: Interpretation and Politics,”, Strategies, Fall, 1998.
“Leaky Sovereignty,” Theory & Event, 3.1, January, 1999.
“The Problem of ‘We,’ or the Persistence of Sovereignty” boundary 2, Autumn, 1999.
“Death, Enlightenment, Modernity,” Punishment and Society., Vol., 2. #4, Fall, 2000.
“Enlightenment as Punishment,” Social Justice, Vol.27, No. 2, 2000.
“Conversation with Michael Hardt,” Theory & Event, 5.2, April, 2001.
“Unworking Death in ‘Unforgiven’: Law, Ethos, Violence,” in The Aesthetics of Law and Culture: Law, Image, Screen, Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Volume 34, 2004.
“Wolfman and the Fate of Democratic Culture: Four Fragments,” The Journal of Law, Culture and Humanities, 2.1, April, 2005.
“Who Is Ishmael?” The Massachusetts Review, Autumn, 2005.
“George W. Bush and the ‘F’ Word,” January 2006, in South Atlantic Quarterly .
“Giving Away, Giving Over: A Conversation with Judith Butler,” The Massachusetts Review, June, 2008 (special issue on queer culture).
“Barack Obama and the Souls of White Folk,” September, 2008, in Communications and Critical/Cultural Studies.
“Legitmation Crisis and the Fork in the Road,” Theory&Event, 11.1, Spring, 2009.
“Soul Man,” an interview with Cornel West, Massachusetts Review, 50th Anniversary Issue, Spring, 2009.
“On Loneliness,” London Times Sunday Magazine, May 17, 2009.
“On Will Barnet’s Series of Paintings: ‘My Father’s House’”, Massachusetts Review, December, 2009.
Anthologies and Collections:
“The Politics of Post-modern Aesthetics.” Reprint of the Political Theory essay of the same name, with a response to a critique by Stephen White, entitled, "The Problem with Coherence," in Ronald Roblin, editor, The Aesthetics of the Critical Theorists, (Edwin Mellen), 1990.
“The Invisible Skyline,” in Jean Baudrillard: The Disappearance of Art and Politics, edited by William Chaloupka and William Stearns, (St. Martins Press, 1992).
“Fear of Television,” in Brian Massumi, editor, Fear and Everyday Life (University of Minnesota Press, 1993).
“The New Enclosures: Racism in the Normalized Community” in Robert Gooding-Williams, editor, Reading Rodney King, Reading Urban Uprising (Routledge, 1993).
“George Bush, or Homosocial ” in Michael Ryan and Avery Gordon, editors, Body Politics: Disease, Desire, and the Family (Westview, 1994).
“The Trial of J. Edgar Hoover,” in Marjorie Garber and Rebecca Walkowitz, co-editors, Secret Agents: The Rosenberg Case, McCarthyism, and Fifties America (Routledge, 1995).
“Spare Parts: Political Theory As Compensation,” in Austin Sarat and Dana Villa, editors, Liberal Modernism and Democratic Individuality (Princeton University Press, 1996).
“Wild Thing,” in Political Theory and Cultural Studies, edited by Jodi Dean, (Cornell University Press, 2000).
“Political Theory for Losers,” in Vocations of Political Theory, edited by John Tambernino and Jason Frank, (University of Minnesota Press, 2000).
“Conversation with Michael Hardt,” reprint of the Theory&Event interview, in The Empire’s New Clothes, edited by Jodi Dean and Paul Passavant, (Routledge, 2003).
“Grief Postponed: Emerson, Cavell, Lingis,” in Encounters with Alphonso Lingis, edited by Alex Hooke and Jerald Fuches (Roman and Littlefield, 2003)
“Cordelia’s Calculus,” in The Claim of Community: Stanley Cavell and Political Theory, edited by Andrew Norris, (Stanford University Press, 2006).
“Connolly’s Voice,” in The New Pluralism: William E. Connolly and the Fate of Political Theory, edited by Morton Schoolman (Duke University Press), 2008.
“Thoreau’s Solitude,” in A Poltical Companion to Henry David Thoreau , edited by Jack Turner, (University of Kentucky Press), 2009.
“Conversion,” in Religion and Politics, edited by Robert Gooding-Williams and Miguel Vatter (Fordham University Press,) forthcoming, 2010.
“Connolly, Conversion, Embodiment, Mysticism: Learning to Be Present in the Present,” in Samuel Chambers and Terrell Carver, eds. William E. Connolly: Democracy, Pluralism, and Political Theory (Routledge) forthcomin2009.
“From Time to Torture: The Hellish Future of the Criminal Sentence”, in Austin Sarat and Jennifer Culbert, editor, States of Violence: War, Capital Punishment, and Letting Die (Cambridge UP), 2009.
“The Dead, the Human Animal, the Executable Subject,” in Austin Sarat and Carl Shoemaker, editors, What Makes Someone Executable? (University of Massachusetts Press), forthcoming, 2010.
“Michel Foucault,” entry for the Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy, edited by Jerry Gaus and Fred D’Agostino, (Routledge, forthcoming, 2011)
Crime and Public Policy, edited by James Q.Wilson, for The American Political Science Review, June, 1984.
The Theory of Communicative Action:Volume One, Reason and the Rationalization of Society, by Jurgen Habermas, for The APSR, December, 1984.
The Feminist Case Against Bureaucracy, by Kathy E. Ferguson, for The APSR, June, 1985.
What Should Political Theory Be Now?, edited by John Nelson, for The APSR, December, 1985.
Habermas and Modernity, edited by Richard Bernstein, for Political Psychology, Fall, 1987.
Slightly Beyond Skepticism, by George Dubin, for The APSR, March, 1989.
Michel Foucault: Politics, Philosophy, Culture: Interviews and Other Writings, edited by Lawrence Kritzman, for Sociology (Journal of the British Sociological Association), September, 1989.
Sacralizing the Secular: The Renaissance Origins of Modernity, by Stephen A. McKnight, for The APSR, September, 1990.
We the People: Vol. One, Foundations, by Bruce Ackerman, for Political Theory, Spring, 1992.
Justice and the Politics of Difference, by Iris Marion Young, for The APSR, June, 1992.
The Moral Sense, by James Q. Wilson, for The Journal of Legal Education, March, 1994.
My American Journey, by Collin Powell, for AMERICA, January, 1996.
Reconsidering American Liberalism, by James Young, for The APSR, December, 1996.
E-mail Trouble, by S. Paige Baty, for Theory & Event, March, 2000.
Primo Levi and the Politics of Survival, by Frederick Homer, for Political Theory, August, 2003.
“Obama and the End of American Exceptionalism,” The Immanent Frame Social Science Research Council. June, 2009
Invited blogger, Psychology Today, June 2009
Papers, Invited Lectures, and Professional Presentations
“Michel Foucault's Theory of Power: An Analysis and Critique,” paper presented at the Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November, 1983.
“Making People Behave Themselves: Criminal Punishment and the Legitimation Process,” paper presented at the Mid-West Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, April, 1984.
“Toward a Neo-Hobbesian Theory of Power: Michel Foucault and the New Nominalist Moment,” paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, August, 1984, Washington, DC, Caucus for a New Political Science panel.
“‘The Indefinite Perfectability of Man': The Penitentiary and American Democracy,’” paper presented at the Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, April, 1985, Las Vegas, Nevada.
“The Genealogy of Danger and the Community of Men and Women,” paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, August, 1985, New Orleans, Louisiana.
“The Political Value of Fear,” paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, New Orlean, Louisiana, August, 1985.
“Political Theory and Public Policy: Theodore Lowi and the Politics of Constitutive Policy,” a lecture presented to the Honors Seminar, Political Science Department, Penn State University, January, 1986.
“Fear and Danger,” paper presented to the Yankee Conference on Political Thought, February, 1986.
“The Political Genealogy of Michel Foucault,” lecture presented to the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teachers, at Amherst College, Austin Sarat, Director, on Law and Critical Legal Studies, July, 1986.
“The New Politics of Aesthetics: Habermas and Foucault on Postmodern Art,” paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, August, 1986, Foundations of Political Theory Group panel.
“I Love Walter: Television News/Situation Comedy” lecture presented at The Johns Hopkins University Center for the Humanities, Baltimore, Maryland, Conference on Television, March, 1987.
“Reading Television: The Politics of Narrative and Television News,” paper presented at the American Culture Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, March, 1987.
“Fear of Law,” lecture presented at Northeastern University Law School, at the Conference, "Post-structuralism and Law," April, 1987.
“Dangerous Relationships: On the Politics of the Late Modern Age,” presented as the 1987 Lazarowitz Lecture, at Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, April, 1987.
“Thinking in Threes about Power: A Genealogical Critique of Steven Lukes,” lecture presented at the conference, "Discourses of Power," Tempe, Arizona, October 19-23, 1988.
“Codes of (Male) Desire,” lecture presented at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, December 10, 1988.
“On Democracy and Punishment: Against a Theory of Power,” lecture presented to a faculty colloquium, California State University, Los Angeles, February 8, 1989.
“The Violence of Justice,” paper presented at the Western Political Science Association Meetings, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 30 - April 2, 1989.
“The Male Subject and The Rhetoric of Power: Prison Rape as a Metaphor for Politics in The United States,” lecture presented to the Department of Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley, April 17, 1989.
“Jean Baudrillard's California Dream,” lecture presented at “Communication and the Death of Art and Politics,” a conference at the University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, May 11-14, 1989.
“Female Terror: The Mirror of Male Desire,” lecture on Barbara Kruger presented at the Humanities Center of Johns Hopkins University, November 17, 1989.
“Let's Get Lost: On Legal Anonymity,” paper presented at the 1990 Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Berkeley, California, May 31-June 3, 1990.
“Hobbes and Vico on the Politics of Imagination,” paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, August 29-September 2, 1990.
“Fear of Liberalism,” paper presented at the American Political Science Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., August 28, September 1, 1991.
“Little Monsters: Demonizing Children in South-Central Los Angeles,” paper presented at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, October 31- November 3, 1991, Baltimore, Maryland.
“Reflections on the Los Angeles Riots,” lecture presented to the Mellon Foundation Faculty Seminar on Homelessness, Princeton University, May 21, 1992.
“Lost in the Supermarket,” paper presented at the Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island, November, 1992.
“A New Poetics of Subjection: Racism After Discipline,” paper presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, December, 1992.
Participant at a Roundtable on James Miller, The Passion of Michel Foucault, February, 1993, at the University of Massachusetts (with James Miller, Jana Sawicki, Robert Ackerman, and Richard Burt).
“Fear and Loathing in a Black Lace Dress: J. Edgar Hoover, National Security Man,” May, 1993, lecture at the conference "40 Year After: The Rosenberg Case and the Cold War," the Center for Literary and Cultural Studies, Harvard University.
“Democracy and Homelessness,” paper presented at a roundtable on “Emerson's America,” at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. September, 1993.
“The Penitentiary in Ruins,” paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, New York, New York, September, 1994.
“Community Policing\Policing Community,” presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, September, 1995.
“The Penitentiary in Ruins,” a reading in Amherst, Massachusetts at the 1995 Amherst Book and Plow Festival, October 15, 1995, the Jeffrey Amherst Book Store, Amherst, MA.
“Toy Stories,” paper presented at the Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, March, 1996.
“Downsizing American Masculinity: Charles Ives and Others,” invited lecture at the conference, “Transcendentalism in America,” at the Bard Summer Music Festival, August, 1996, Bard College.
“The Politics of (Re) Segregation: The Jurisprudence of Clarence Thomas,” paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Fransisco, California, September, 1996.
“The President and the Alien,” paper presented at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri, November, 1996.
“Presidential Sacrifice and Independence Day,” invited lecture, Cultural Studies Program, University of California, Riverside, February, 1997.
“Spaces of Freedom,” a public lecture and a seminar with honor students over a three day period to discuss Michel Foucault and the Politics of Freedom, DistinguishedVisiting Scholar Program, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, April, 1997.
“Thoreau’s Seat,” lecture at the University of Pennsylvania, March 20, 1998.
“Concerning Resignation,” paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Boston, Massauchusetts, September, 1998.
“Self-Reliance, Self-Possession and Clinton’s Two Bodies,” a lecture given to celebrate the inauguration of the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York, October 18, 1998.
“What Does It Matter Who Is Speaking?” invited keynote lecture presented at the conference, “Toward a Definition of Gender-Based Censorship,” Sponsored by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, February 5, 1999.
“Enlightenment As Punishment,” invited talk at the conference “Legacies of the Enlightenment for the Twenty-first Century,” Conference for the Study of Political Thought, Yale University, December, 1999.
“Unworking Death in ‘Unforgiven,’” paper presented at the conference on Law, Culture and the Humanities, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., March 10, 2000.
“Anonymity, Censorship and Human Rights,” invited lecture, Bard College, November, 2000
“Michel Foucault and American Political Theory,” invited lecture, Department of French, Princeton University, November, 2000.
“Censor and Address,” paper presented at the Conference on Law, Culture and the Humanities, Austin, Texas, March 11, 2001.
“Cordelia’s Calculus: Love and Loneliness in Cavell’s Reading of Shakespeare’s Lear,” paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, September, 2001.
“Law, Ethos, Death,” keynote address, Conference on the Study of Law and Culture, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, November 22, 2001.
“Loneliness and Experience: Thinking about Modern Individuality,” invited lecture, department of Political Science, Penn State University, University Park, PA, February, 2002.
“Shoes,” paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, September, 2002.
“Emerson, Marx and the Logic of Self-Possession,” “Emerson on Slavery and Class,” and “’Experience’ and the Question of Metaphysics,” three invited lectures, presented to the NEH Summer Institute on Emerson at 200, Santa Fe, New Mexico, July, 2003.
“Connolly’s Voice,” paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, August, 2003.
“‘I Grieve that I Cannot Grieve’: Freud, Butler and Emerson on the Politics of Mourning,” invited lecture, Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, October, 2004.
“Alone: Toward a Genealogy of Western Individuality,” public lecture, November 4, 2004. “Beans for Tropes: The Question of Voice and Embodiment in Theory,” seminar for faculty, November 5, 2004. Invited keynote speaker for the 2004-2005, The Future of Theory Faculty Seminar, Connecticut College.
“Emerson and Democracy,” paper presented at the Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 6, 2005.
“Who Is Ishmael?” Paper presented at the 2005 APSA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
“Being Free,” keynote address at the student conference, “Star-Crossed Lovers: The Philosophies of Democracy and Freedom,” Simon’s Rock College, April 27, 2006.
“Loneliness and the Future,” Paper presented at the 2006 APSA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 1, 2006.
“Death and Indignity,” paper presented at the 2007 Western Political Science Assciation, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 7, 2007.
“William E Connolly and the Politics of Embodiment,” invited address at the University of Swansea, Wales, for the international conference on the political thought of William E. Connolly, May 11, 2007.
“Legitimation Crisis Reconsidered,” for a roundtable at the 2007 APSA Annual Meeting,, Chicago, Illinois, August 29, 2007
“Emerson’s Behavior,” for a panel at the 2007 APSA Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, August 30, 2007.
Response, to Roundtable on Loneliness as a Way of Life, APSA Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, August, 2008.
Invited lecture, “Human Animality and the Problem of Injustice,” University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, October, 2008.
Invited lecture on Isaiah Berlin, for conference on “Two Concepts of Liberty at 50,” University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., October, 2008.
Response to commentators at a seminar devoted to a discussion of Loneliness as a Way of Life, Johns Hopkins University, February 6, 2009.
Conversation with Will Barnet (American artist), Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA February 20, 2009.
“Thinking Hands: Will Barnet’s Series of Paintings, ‘My Father’s House,’” presented at the conference on “Biopolitics and Its Vicissitudes’,” Amherst College, Amherst, MA, April 28, 2009.
Eva’s Thinking Hands: On Will Barnet’s “My Father’s House,” presented at the Conference of the New Sensorium, a Theory and Event conference, Trente University, Peterboro, Ontario, May 8, 2009.
Master Class for Junior Seminar in the Humanities, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, September 24, 2009. Public lecture, The Ghosts of Family Past.”
Graduate Seminar Speaker, Department of Political Science, University of Maryland, College Park, “Trauma and Grief: A Politics of the Dead.”
Selected Interviews and Media Appearances
“Odyssey,” Chicago Public Radio:
November 4, 2002, “Defining the Middle Class”
May 28, 2003, “The Presidential Bod,”
January 19, 2005, “American Pageantry”
May 9, 2005, “Security and Governance.”
“Night Waves,” BBC Radio, October 16, 2008, interview about Loneliness as a Way of Life.
“To the Best of Our Knowledge,” IPR, February 2, 2009, interview about Loneliness as a Way of Life.
“WFCR,” Early Edition interview about Loneliness as a Way of Life, December, 2008.
Interview, and feature article, Salon.com, December 16, 2008.
Podcast, Salon.com, December 16, 2008.
Podcast, Harvard University Press website, December, 2008.
Professional Positions and Activities
Founding Editor of Theory&Event, an international journal of contemporary political thought. Co-editor of the journal from 1996 to 2001, Volumes One through Five. Published by the electronic journals division, Project MUSE, of Johns Hopkins University Press as their first in-house developed electronic scholarly publication.
Associate Editor, The Massachusetts Review, 2002 to 2005.
Editor (Non-Fiction), The Massachusetts Review, 2005 – 2009.
Member of Board of Coordinating Editors, Theory &Event, 1996 to 2007.
Editorial Board, Punishment and Society, 1998 to present.
Editorial Board, Strategies, 1998 to present.
Editorial Board, Theory and Culture, 2001 to present.
Member, American Political Science Association, 1982-present.
APSA Committee on Conventions, 2003-2004.
Member, Editorial Board, Political Research Quarterly, (July 1991 to June, 1994).
Political Theory Section Organizer, for the Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, November, 1996.
Examiner in Social Theory, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Swarthmore College, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2001-2002.
Normative Political Theory, Section Organizer, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, 2004, Chicago, Illinois.
Member, Advisory Council for Foundations of Political Theory, APSA section, 2004-present
Selected Nominator for MacArthur Foundation Genius Grants, 2002.
Evaluator, Culture and Philosophy applications, Guggenheim Foundation, 2008-2009, 2009-2010
Evaluator for tenure and promotion of approximately twenty-five professors from 1992 to present, in the fileds of political theory, American politics, woman and gender studies, and comparative literature (Specific details concern schools available upon request)
Juried reviewer for Political Theory, American Political Science Review, Political Research Quarterly, Polity, Theory&Event, Journal of Law, Culture and Humanities, Perspectives on Politics, and other journals
Manuscript reviewer for Cornell UP, Princeton UP, SUNY UP, Minnesota UP, Routledge, Oxford UP, Harvard UP, U of Chicago P, Penn State UP, Duke UP, U of Massachusetts P, Columbia UP, Cambridge UP, University of Pennsylvania Press
Have served on these committees of Amherst College: Committee on Academic Standing, College Council (Chair), Committee on Information Technology, Committee on Faculty Research. Served as member of the organizing committees for the Constitution and the Imagining of America, the Charles Hamilton Houston Forum, the Copeland Colloquium.
Member, Board of Directors, Amherst Ballet School, 2005-08, President of Board, 206-2008