Alyson Cole, Ph.D.

City University of New York - The Graduate Center & Queens College

Country: United States (New York)

About Me:

Alyson Cole is Professor of Political Science, Women & Gender Studies, and American 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 vulnerability, precarity and subjugation, and the possibility of resistance or change—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 articles have appeared in journals such as Signs, American Studies, Feminist Studies, Michigan Law Review, Gender, Work & Organization, Les Cahiers du Genre , Critical Horizons, and WSQ. Cole is co-editor of philoSOPHIA: A Journal of transContinental Feminism, and on the editorial boards of Politics & Gender, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and International Journal of Criminology & Sociological Theory. She is the recipient of the 2008 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, a Mellon Resident Fellowship at the Humanities Center (2009-10), and currently serves 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. She also serves as the Executive Officer of the PhD/MA Program in Political Science at the Graduate Center.

Research Interests

Political Theory

Gender and Politics

Race, Ethnicity and Politics