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.

Shampa Biswas

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.

Aaron Bobrow-Strain

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).

Phil Brick

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.

Arash Davari

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.

Jack Jackson

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.

Matthew McManus

Professor McManus' major teaching interests are the history of right wing thought from a critical perspective, international human rights, and post-modernity. He is the author of The Rise of Post-Modern Conservatism and the forthcoming Liberalism and Liberal Rights: A Critical Legal Argument amongst other books.

Özge Serin

Professor 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.

Emeritus Faculty

Timothy Kaufman-Osborn

Baker Ferguson Chair of Politics and Leadership Emeritus, joined the Department of Politics in 1982 and retired from Whitman College in 2019.

Bruce Magnusson

Associate Professor of Politics Emeritus, taught African Studies and International Relations and was active in the Global Studies and the Race and Ethnic Studies programs, before he retired from Whitman College in 2020.