Jane Gordon is Associate Professor of Political Science. 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.
Her first book, Why They Couldn’t Wait: A Critique of the Black-Jewish Conflict over Community Control in Ocean Hill-Brownsville (RoutledgeFalmer 2001), was listed by the Gotham Gazette as one of the four best recent books on civil rights. She is 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 (Paradigm Publishers, 2006). She is also co-author of Of Divine Warning: Reading Disaster in the Modern Age (Paradigm Publishers, 2009) and author of Creolizing Political Theory: Reading Rousseau through Fanon (Fordham UP, 2014).
She has written chapters for several anthologies on political thought and Africana studies, and her articles have appeared in such journals as the C.L.R. James Journal; differences; Journal of Asian and African Studies; Journal of Contemporary Thought; Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy; Journal of Political Theology; Performance Research; Philosophical Studies in Education; Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies; and SOULS.
Her recent essay, which is the core of her next book project, “Theorizing Contemporary Practices of Enslavement: A Portrait of the Old and New,” won the American Political Science Association 2012 Foundations in Political Theory Best Paper Prize.
She was the President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association from 2013-2016.