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Current Positions
Jul 10    Associate Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University
Jun 10   Co-editor, Contemporary Political Theory

Jun 98    University of Minnesota, PhD in Political Science
Aug 94    Vanderbilt University, MA in Political Science
May 93    Pomona College, BA in PPE

Authored Books
Bearing Society in Mind: Theories and Politics of the Social Formation.
London: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2014. (ISBN  978-1783480234)

The Lessons of Rancière. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
(ISBN  978-0190213268)

The Queer Politics of Television. New York: Palgrave, 2009.
(published in UK by IB Tauris).  (ISBN 978-1845116811)

Judith Butler and Political Theory: Troubling Politics. Written with Terrell Carver.
London and New York: Routledge, 2008. (ISBN 978-0415383660)

Untimely Politics. New York and Edinburgh: New York University Press
and Edinburgh University Press, 2003. (ISBN 978-0748617663)

Edited Volumes
Michael Shapiro: Discourse, Culture, Violence. Edited with Terrell Carver.
London and New York: Routledge, 2012. (ISBN 978-0415783477)

Carole Pateman: Feminism, Democracy, Welfare. Edited with Terrell Carver.
London and New York: Routledge, 2011. (ISBN 978-0415781114)

Jacques Rancière on the Shores of Queer Theory. Special Issue of Borderlands,
edited with Michael O’Rourke Vol. 8, No. 3, 2009.

Judith Butler’s Precarious Politics: Critical Encounters. Edited with Terrell Carver.
London and New York: Routledge, 2008. (ISBN 978-0415384438)

William E. Connolly: Democracy, Pluralism and Political Theory. Edited with Terrell Carver.
London and New York: Routledge, 2007. (ISBN 978-0415431231)

Series Editor, Routledge Innovators in Political Theory
6 volumes in the Series published to date, with 3 forthcoming in 2015.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
‘Walter White is a Bad Teacher: Pedagogy, Partage, and Politics in Season 4 of Breaking Bad‘.
Theory & Event 17.1 (Project Muse, 36 pages)

‘Whiteness and the Social Formation: Democracy Through Abolition’.
New Political Science, Vol 36, No. 2, 2014: xx–xx (forthcoming June 2014).

‘Jacques Rancière’s Lesson on the Lesson’. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 44.9, pp. 1–10.

‘Untimely Politics avant la lettre: The Temporality of Social Formations’.
Time and Society, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2011, pp. 199–225.

‘Jacques Rancière and the Problem of Pure Politics’.
European Journal of Political Theory, Vol. 10, No. 3, 2011, pp. 303–326.

‘Les Publics du Terrorisme apres Obama: 24, Saison 7’. Published in French,
written with Anne Caldwell. Poli – Politique de l’image No. 2, March 2010, pp. 83–100.

‘A Queer Politics of the Democratic Miscount’.
Borderlands Vol. 8, No. 2, 2009 (www.borderlands.net.au, 20 pages).

‘Ann Coulter and the Problem of Pluralism: From Values to Politics’.
Written with Alan Finlayson. Borderlands Vol. 7, No. 1, 2008 (www.borderlands.net.au, 24 pages).

‘“Sex” and the Problem of the Body: Reconstructing Judith Butler’s Theory of Sex/Gender’.
Body & Society, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2007, pp. 47–75.
***Reprinted in Structure and Agency. edited by Mike O’Donnell, London: sage, 2010.

‘Kinship Trouble: Antigone’s Claim and the Politics of Heteronormativity’.
Written with Terrell Carver. Politics and Gender, Vol. 3, No. 4, 2007, pp. 427–449.

‘Philosophy, Politics, and User Interface: The Medium is Still the Message (A Response to Carver)’
Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies. Vol. 4, No. 4, 2007, pp. 426–429

‘“An Incalculable Effect”: Subversions of Heteronormativity’.
PoliticalStudies. Vol. 55.3, 2007: 656–679.

‘Normative Violence after 9/11: Rereading the Politics of Gender Trouble’.
New Political Science. 29.1,  2007: 43–60.

‘Cultural Politics and The Practice of Fugitive Theory’.
Contemporary Political Theory. 5.1, 2006: 9–32.

‘Working on the Democratic Imagination and the Limits of Deliberative Democracy’.
Political Research Quarterly Vol. 58, No. 4, 2005: 619–623.

‘The Politics of Literarity’. Theory & Event Vol. 8, No. 3, 2005 (Project Muse, 29 pages)
‘Democracy and (the) Public(s): Spatializing Politics in the Internet Age’.

Political Theory Vol. 32, No. 1, 2005: 125–136.
‘Anti-Imperialism in the Buffyverse: A Challenge to the Mythos of Bush as Vampire-Slayer’.
Written with Daniel Williford. Poroi Vol. 3, No. 2, 2004 (inpress.lib.uiowa.edu, 22 pages)

‘Giving Up (on) Rights? The Future of Rights and the Project of Radical Democracy’.
American Journal of Political Science Vol. 48, No. 2, 2004: 185–200.

‘Ghostly Rights’. Cultural Critique No. 54, 2003: 148–177.

‘Telepistemology of the Closet; Or, The Queer Politics of Six Feet Under’.
Journal of American Culture Vol. 26, No. 1, 2003: 24–41

‘Foucault’s Evasive Maneuvers: Nietzsche, Interpretation, Critique’.
Angelaki Vol. 6, No. 3, 2001: 101–123

‘Language and Politics: Agonistic Discourse and The West Wing’. CTheory November 12, 2001
(ctheory.net, 24 pages)

‘Digital Democracy: When Culture Becomes News’. Written with Patrick Finn,
CTheory November 12, 2001 (ctheory.net, 5 pages)

‘The Hegemonic Politics of Race: The Place of an Abolitionist Personality
in the Democratic Imaginary’. Stanford Agora Vol. 1, No. 2, 2001 (agora.stanford, 27 pages)

‘Spectral History, Untimely Theory’. Theory & Event Vol. 3, No. 4, 2000 (Project Muse, 28 pages)

Book Chapters and Essays
‘Subjectivization and the Social Formation: Rereading Butler’s “Ethical Turn”’.
Forthcoming in Butler and Ethics, edited by Moya Lloyd, Edinburgh University Press.

“Democratic Cosmopolitics.” Forthcoming in Re-Grounding Cosmopolitanism: Towards a Post-Foundational Cosmopolitanism, edited by Tamara Caraus and Elena Paris, London: Routledge.

“Learning How to Be a Capitalist: From Neoliberal Pedagogy to the Mystery of Learning.” Forthcoming in The Pedagogics of Unlearning, edited by Eamonn Dunne and Michael O’Rourke. Brooklyn: Punctum Books.

‘Translating Politics’. Forthcoming in Jacques Rancière: Politics and Aesthetics, edited by Scott Durham and Dilip Gaonkar.

‘Anthropocentrism’. Entry for the forthcoming Cambridge Dictionary of Political Thought, edited by Terence Ball.

‘Jacques Rancière’. Entry for the forthcoming Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Thought.

‘“Do You Know What it Means”: Introduction to a Critical Exchange on Treme.’ Contemporary Political Theory Vol 6. No. 3, 2011.

‘The Politics of the Police: From NeoLiberalism, to Anarchism, and back to Democracy’. In Reading Rancière, edited by Paul Bowman and Richard Stamp. London: Continuum, 2011.

‘Charlie Kaufman, Philosophy, and the Small Screen’. In The Philosophy of Charlie Kaufman, edited by David LaRocca, Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2011.

‘Pluralism’. In the Encyclopedia of Modern Political Thought,
edited by Gregory Claeys and Lyman Sargent. London: CQ Press. 2011.

‘Rancière’. In From Agamben to Žižek: Contemporary Critical Theorists,
edited by Jon Simons. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010.

‘Police and Oligarchy’. In Jacques Rancière: Key Concepts,
edited by Jean-Phillipe Deranty. London: Acumen, 2010.

‘Performativity’. Encyclopedia of Political Theory. Berkeley: Sage, 2010.

‘Jacques Rancière on the Shores of Queer Theory’. Written with Michael O’Rourke.
Borderlands Vol. 8, No. 2, 2009 (www.borderlands.net.au, 14 pages).

24 after 9/11: The American State of Exception’. Written with Anne Caldwell.
Reading 24: TV Against the Clock, edited by Steven Peacock. London: I.B. Tauris, 2007.

‘Desperately Straight: The Subversive Sexual Politics of Desperate Housewives’.
Reading Desperate Housewives: Beyond the White Picket Fence.
Edited by Janet McCabe and Kim Akass. London and New York: I.B. Tauris and Palgrave, 2006.

‘Heteronormativity and The L Word: From a Politics of Representation To a Politics of Norms’.
Reading The L Word: Outing Contemporary Television. Edited by Sarah Warn. London:  I.B. Tauris, 2006.

‘Revisiting the Closet: Reading Sexuality in Six Feet Under’. In Reading Six Feet Under.
Edited by Janet McCabe and Kim Akass. London and New York: I. B. Tauris and Palgrave, 2005.

‘Dialogue, Deliberation, and Discourse: The Far-reaching Politics of The West Wing’.
In The West Wing: The American Presidency as Television Drama.
Edited by Peter Rollins and John O’Connor. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2003.


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Dr. Samuel A. Chambers
Department of Political Science
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD 21218, USA