Graduates on the Job Market
Ph.D. 2011, Post-Doctoral Lecturer Political Science Department, University of Washington
Dissertation title: Political Mourning
Committee: Jack Turner (Chair), Michael McCann, Naomi Murakawa, Christine Di Stefano
Fields: Political Theory, Public Law, Race and Politics
My dissertation, Political Mourning, argues that political mourning not only gauges standing and belonging, but can also transform them. The political mourning I focus on occurs when political actors mobilize the deaths of average citizens to argue for political change. The dissertation includes three in-depth case studies: the murder of Emmett Till in 1955, the events of September 11, 2001, and the Triangle Factory Fire of 1911. Each case captures a different aspect of the politics of mourning. The response to Till’s death shows how mourning can be mobilized to transform and expand dominant conceptions of belonging; the events following September 11 demonstrate how mourning can be mobilized to affirm exclusive conceptions of belonging, and the Triangle Fire shows how mourning can both affirm and oppose structures and identities on different axes. I am in the process of revising my dissertation into a book length manuscript for submission to a leading academic press by fall 2013.
Heather Pool, "The Politics of Mourning: The Triangle Fire and Political Belonging," Polity 44:2 (April 2012), 181-211.
Heather Pool, "Mourning Emmett Till," Law, Culture, and the Humanities, forthcoming (2013).
POLS 201: Introduction to Political Theory (Summer 2012)
POLS 308: Ancient Political Thought (Spring 2012, Scheduled Spring 2013)
POLS 313/WGSS 313: Gender and Politics (Summer 2010, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Scheduled Winter 2013)
POLS 380/LSJ 380: Gender and Law (Autumn 2011)
POLS 401: The Politics of Death - Topics in Political Theory (Winter 401)
New courses scheduled to instruct AY 2012-2013
POLS 309: Pre-Modern Political Thought
POLS 405: Race and Law (American politics seminar)
POLS 363/LSJ 363: Law in Society
POLS 401: Law and Legitimacy: Political Theories of Legal Authority (political theory seminar)
Introduction to Political Theory (Christine Di Stefano and Jamie Mayerfeld)
Introduction to American Politics (Mark Smith and Naomi Murakawa)
American Political Thought (Jack Turner)
Law in Society (Michael McCann)