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Shannon Mariotti

Associate Professor of Political Science

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UNIVERSITIES AND DEGREES

Cornell University, Ph.D. in Government (Political Theory; Gender Politics), August 2006

Cornell University, M.A. in Government, May 2004

The University of Texas at Austin, M.A. in Government, May 2001

American University, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, May 1999, (Communication, Law, Economics and Government)

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

2012-present: Associate Professor of Political Science at Southwestern University

2008-2012: Assistant Professor of Political Science at Southwestern University

2006-2008: Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rollins College

2003-2005: First-Year Writing Seminar Instructor at Cornell University

 

FIELDS OF RESEARCH

19th Century American Transcendentalism, American Political Thought, 20th century Critical Social Theory, Democratic Theory, Environmental Political Thought, Feminist Political Theory

 

COURSES

Introduction to Political Theory, American Political Thought, Modern Political Theory, Gender Politics, Contemporary Democratic Theory, Liberalism and Neoliberalism: Critical Perspectives (Capstone seminar)

 

BOOKS

Adorno and Democracy: The American Years. (Lexington: the University Press of Kentucky, July 2016). 

A Political Companion to Marilynne Robinson. Co-edited with Joseph Lane. Part of the Political Companions to Great American Authors series. (Forthcoming from the University Press of Kentucky, Fall 2016). 

Thoreau’s Democratic Withdrawal: Alienation, Participation, and Modernity (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2010) as part of the “Studies in American Thought and Culture” series, edited by Paul Boyer.

ARTICLES

"The Common Benefits Clauses: An Alternative to the Liberal Tradition and a Tool for Working Against Neoliberalism," in American Political Thought: An Alternative View, edited by Alex Zamalin and Jonathan Keller, under contract and forthcoming from Routledge in February 2017. 

 

"Adorno on the Radio: Democratic Leadership as Democratic Pedagogy," Political Theory, 42:4 (2014).  

 

"The Housekeeper of Homelessness: The Democratic Ethos of Marilynne Robinson’s Novels and Essays," in A Political Companion to Marilynne Robinson. Shannon Mariotti and Joseph Lane, eds. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, forthcoming Fall 2016).

 

“Melville and the Cadaverous Triumphs of Transcendentalism,” in A Political Companion to Melville. Jason Frank, ed. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2014).  

 

“Emerson’s Transcendental Gaze and the ‘Disagreeable Particulars’ of Slavery: Vision and the Costs of Idealism,” in A Political Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Alan M. Levine and Daniel S. Malachuk, eds.  (Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky Press, 2011). 

 

“Damaged Life as Exuberant Vitality in America: Adorno, Alienation and the Psychic Economy,” TELOS, Special Issue: Adorno in America (Winter 2009). 

 

“The Death of the First-born Son:  Emerson’s Focal Distancing, Du Bois’ Second Sight, and Disruptive Particularity,” Political Theory, 37: 3 (June 2009).

“Thoreau, Adorno, and the Critical Potential of Particularity” in A Political Companion to Henry David Thoreau. Jack Turner, ed. (Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2009). 

REPRINTED ARTICLES

"Adorno on the Radio: Democratic Leadership as Democratic Pedagogy," Political Theory, 42:4 (2014). Reprinted in Theodor W. Adorno II, edited by Espen Hammer (Routledge, 2016). 

 

An excerpt from Adorno and Democracy: The American Years, reprinted in “Die Dialektik der Aufklärung in Amerika,” under contract and forthcoming from Leipzig University Press in 2017. 

 

REFERENCE WORKS

“Henry David Thoreau” in The Encyclopedia of Political Thought (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014). 

 

“Ralph Waldo Emerson,” in The Encyclopedia of Political Thought (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014). 

BOOK REVIEWS

A review of Robyn Marasco's The Highway of Despair: Critical Theory After Hegel, for Cambridge Review of International Affairs, forthcoming June 2016

“Communicating to the Demos,” a review of Gerhard Schweppenhaüser’s Theodor W. Adorno: an introduction, translated by James Rolleston (Duke University Press, 2009), in Review of Politics, 72:3 (September 2010). 

 

“Critique from the Margins: Adorno and the Politics of Withdrawal” in Political Theory, June 2008, Volume 36, No. 3

INVITED TALKS

 

I accepted an invitation to present a paper, drawing from my forthcoming book, at the Association for Adorno Studies conference, at the Université de Montréal, forthcoming in April 2016. 

 

I accepted an invitation to present my current research on Marilynne Robinson, at Rollins College, on April 16th, 2013. My talk was part of a conceptual lecture series called "The Heist: Community, Identity, and Meaning in the New Millenium," sponsored by the African and African-American Studies program. 

 

I accepted an invitation to present a paper drawing from my current book manuscript at the Fall Seminar of the Political Science Department at Johns Hopkins University. I presented an essay titled "Adorno on the Radio: Democratic Leadership as Democratic Pedagogy" on October 18th, 2012. 

 

I accepted an invitation to chair a panel on Adorno at a graduate student conference, at the University of Chicago, titled “Exile on Main Street: Fascism, Emigration, and the European Imagination in America.” I also presented a paper titled “Adorno and Democracy in America: Countertendencies, Immanent Critique, and Democratic Pedagogy” at the University of Chicago’s Social Theory Workshop. Both events took place on November 10-12, 2011. 

 

I accepted an invitation to participate in the American Democracy Forum conference at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, on May 25, 2011. I presented a paper titled “Adorno and Democracy in America: Countertendencies and Democratic Pedagogy” 

 

CONFERENCES

 

Western Political Science Association conference, March 2016 – "The Dispossession of the Public and the Common Benefits Clauses of State Constitutions: Working Against Neoliberal Oligarchy in the U.S."

 

ACS Gender Studies Conference at Southwestern University, February 2016 – The "Common Benefits Clause": An Alternative to Liberalism's Equal Protection Clause." Co-authored and co-presented with Samuel Kim. 

 

Western Political Science Association conference, April 2015 – "After Despair?" for a roundtable on Robyn Marasco's The Highway of Despair: Critical Theory After Hegel. 

Western Political Science Association conference, March 2013  – "The Housekeeper of Homelessness: The Democratic Ethos of Marilynne Robinson's Novels and Essays," for panel Other Democratic Theorists. 

 

Western Political Science Association Conference, March 2012 – “Adorno on Education: Democratic Leadership as Democratic Pedagogy,” for panel Cultivating Democratic Citizens: Pedagogy, Policing, and Practice.

 

Western Political Science Association Conference, March 2012 – chair and discussant for panel Promise and Loss: Democratic Moments in American Political Life.

 

American Political Science Association Conference, September 2011 – “Bartleby and Transcendentalism,” for panel American Tragedy: The Political Thought of Herman Melville 

 

Western Political Science Association, April 2011 – “Adorno on the Radio: The Countertendencies of American Democracy,” for panel on Adorno and Democracy: Complexity and Contradiction, Possibilities and Potential 

 

Western Political Science Association, April 2011 – discussant for panel Beyond Deliberation? Justification, Rhetoric, and Political Communication.

 

American Political Science Association, September 2010 – “Emerson and the Struggle of Transcendental Idealism,” for panel on Political Reflection Through Extraordinary Experience 

 

American Political Science Association, September 2010 – panel chair for The Problem of ‘The People’ in American Political Thought

 

American Political Science Association, September 2009 – “Emerson’s Transcendental America and the ‘Disagreeable Particulars’ of Slavery: Vision, Politics, and Idealism” 

 

Western Political Science Association, March 2008 – “Damaged Life as Exuberant Vitality: Adorno, America, and the Sickness of Health”

 

Western Political Science Association, March 2008 – panel chair and discussant for Affect and the Sentiments of Politics

 

Western Political Science Association, March 2007 – “Thoreau, Adorno, and the Critical Potential of Particularity.”

 

New York State Political Science Association, April 2005  “Huckleberrying Toward Democracy: Henry David Thoreau’s Alternative Political Space and Practices” 

 

New York State Political Science Association, April 2005  panel chair for Political Theory: Challenges in the New Century

 

Cornell University Political Theory Workshop, May 2005  “Henry David Thoreau and the Problem of Alienation”

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

 

Manuscript reviewer for Polity, June 2015.

Manuscript reviewer for University Press of Kentucky, February 2015.

Manuscript reviewer for Polity, May 2014.

Manuscript reviewer for University Press of Kentucky, March 2014.

Manuscript reviewer for The Journal of Politics, July 2013. 

Manuscript reviewer for Political Theory, May 2013. 

Manuscript reviewer for Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, May 2013

Manuscript reviewer for University Press of Kentucky, February 2013.

Manuscript reviewer for Rowman and Littlefield, August 2012.

Manuscript reviewer for Political Theory, May 2012.

Manuscript reviewer for Polity, January 2011

Manuscript reviewer for Political Theory, September 2008 and May 2012

Western Political Science Association Best Dissertation Award Committee, March 2007.

 

ACADEMIC SERVICE

Co-organizer of ACS Gender Studies Conference at Southwestern University, February 2016

Southwestern University Writing Center Search Committee, Spring 2016

Chair of Political Science Department, Fall 2014-present

Social Science representative to Committee Review Board, Spring 2015-present

Representing Gender Paideia Cluster co-coordinator, Fall 2012-present 

Faculty Representative on Strategic Budget Committee, Fall 2013

President of American Association of University Professors (AAUP) chapter at Southwestern University, Fall 2013-present

Southwestern University Feminist Studies Committee, 2011-2012

Southwestern University Honor Code Council, 2009-2014.

Presidential Search Committee for Southwestern University, Fall 2012 and Spring 2013

Southwestern University Admissions Committee, 2011-2012

Southwestern University Environmental Studies Search Committee, 2010-2011

Southwestern University Library Committee, Fall 2009, Fall 2010

Rollins College Academic Affairs Committee: 2007-2008

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

Competitive Faculty Development Grant, from Southwestern University, 2015

Competitive Faculty Development Grant, from Southwestern University, 2014

Competitive Faculty Development Grant, from Southwestern University, 2013

Junior Sabbatical, from Southwestern University, Spring 2013

Brown Junior Fellowship, from Southwestern University, 2010-2011

Competitive Faculty Development Grant, from Southwestern University, 2012

Competitive Faculty Development Grant, from Southwestern University, 2011

Competitive Faculty Development Grant, from Southwestern University, 2009

Competitive Faculty Development Grant, from Southwestern University, 2008

Moses Coit Tyler Award 2005, from Cornell University for best essay by a graduate student 

Mellon Fellowship, from Cornell University, 20052006

Summer Funding Grant for archival study, Cornell University Government Department, 2005

Sage Fellowship, Cornell University, 2000-2001 

Outstanding Teaching Award, U.T. Austin Government Department, 1999-2000

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, inducted May 1999.  

Phi Beta Kappa, inducted May 1999

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Political Science Association

Western Political Science Association

American Association of University Professors



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Political Theory generally American Transcendentalism Henry David Thoreau Ralph Waldo Emerson WEB Du Bois Critical Social Theory The Frankfurt School Theodor W. Adorno Gender Politics

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Contact Details:
(512) 863-1407(office)
Office: Mood-Bridwell 243
mariotts@southwestern.edu