* Professor Apostolidis is on leave from Whitman College during the 2019-2020 academic year. Professor Apostolidis teaches courses in United States politics and political and social theory. He is the author of Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach America About Democracy (University of Minnesota Press, 2010) and Stations of the Cross: Adorno and Christian Right Radio (Duke University Press, 2000), among other publications.
Susanne Beechey, Chair
Professor Beechey's major interests are in gender, race, class and sexuality in U. S. public policy. Her current research focuses on the concept of deservingness in social policies, including Social Security and welfare.
Professor Biswas' research interests include issues of nationalism, globalization, global development, postcolonial theory and South Asian politics. She has published on sovereignty, postcolonial international relations, race in international relations, and the nation-state in the context of globalization.
Professor Bobrow-Strain teaches and writes about global food politics, the cultural politics of diet, the U.S.-Mexico border, and rural development in Latin America. He is the author of White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf (Beacon, 2012) and Intimate Enemies: Landowners, Power, and Violence in Chiapas (Duke University Press, 2007).
Professor Phil Brick's major interests are international relations, environmental policy, and East Asia. Among his publications is A Wolf in the Garden: The Land Rights Movement and the New Environmental Debate, which he published in 1996 along with co-editor, R. McGreggor Cawley.
Professor Davari's research and teaching interests include modern, contemporary, and comparative political theory; the history of political thought; history and theory; aesthetics and politics; race and racialization; Iranian studies; immigration; and Middle Eastern politics and culture.
His research and teaching interests include African political thought; black political thought; theories of empire; postcolonial political theory; critical race theory; psychoanalysis; contemporary political theory/philosophy.
Professor Jackson's teaching and scholarship focuses on political theory and law with a special emphasis on political theories of freedom, public law, feminist and queer theory, constitutionalism and democracy, and political theories of time.
Professor Kaufman-Osborn's major teaching and scholarly interests include Political Theory (contemporary Continental and American political and social theory; liberalism; pragmatism; feminism; philosophy of social science; technology and politics); the Politics of Law (civil liberties; constitutional interpretation; capital punishment); and The Politics of Higher Education (especially neoliberalism and the contemporary academy; shared governance; and academic freedom).
Professor Magnusson's major teaching and research interests are in international, transnational, and comparative politics, with a particular focus on Africa. His research has been published in journals such as Comparative Politics and Comparative Studies in Society and History, as well as in edited volumes on comparative and African politics. He is active in the Global Studies and the Race and Ethnic Studies programs.
Serin's research and teaching interests include histories and forms of radical politics; cultures of confinement; politics of violence; corporeality and political agency; temporal imaginaries and social justice; sovereignty, death, and the event; ethics and subjectivity; ideology critique and psychoanalysis; Marxist critical theory; deconstruction; language, idiom, and translation; and documentary film.