Jane Gordon


Political Science

Jane Gordon is Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science with affiliations in El Instituto, Philosophy, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  She is a specialist in political theory, with a focus on modern and contemporary political theory, Africana political thought, theories of enslavement, political theories of education, methodologies in the social sciences, and political theory in film and literature.

Gordon is, most recently, author of Statelessness and Contemporary Enslavement (Routledge 2020) and Creolizing Political Theory: Reading Rousseau through Frantz Fanon (Fordham University Press 2014) and co-editor (with Cyrus E. Zirakzadeh) of The Politics of Richard Wright: Perspectives on Resistance (University Press of Kentucky 2019) and co-editor (with Lewis R. Gordon, Aaron Kamugisha, and Neil Roberts) of Journeys in Caribbean Thought: The Paget Henry Reader.  She is also author of Why They Couldn’t Wait: A Critique of the Black-Jewish Conflict over Community Control in Ocean Hill-Brownsville (RoutledgeFalmer 2001), which was listed by the Gotham Gazette as one of the four best recent books on civil rights, co-author of Of Divine Warning: Reading Disaster in the Modern Age (Routledge, 2009), and co-editor (with Lewis R. Gordon) of The Companion to African American Studies (Blackwell Publishers, 2006), which was the NetLibrary Book of the Month in February 2007, and Not Only the Master’s Tools: African-American Studies in Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2006).

With Drucilla Cornell, she is completing the forthcoming Creolizing Rosa Luxemburg (Rowman and Littlefield International). She was President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA) from 2013-2016 and continues to direct the CPA Summer School and to co-edit the Creolizing the Canon and Global Critical Caribbean Thought book series: https://www.rowmaninternational.com/our-books/series/creolizing-the-canon and https://www.rowmaninternational.com/our-books/series/global-critical-caribbean-thought.

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CV J-Gordon-CV-5-2020
Office LocationOak Hall 414
Office HoursThursday 9-12pm