Sharon Stanley

Sharon Stanley

Professor

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About Sharon Stanley

Dr. Stanley joined the department in 2006. She specializes in political theory and public law. Her broad research interests focus upon modern and contemporary political thought, with two separate emphases: the Enlightenment, its critics, and its contested legacy, and the politics of racial justice in the United States and throughout the Americas. Her first book, The French Enlightenment and the Emergence of Modern Cynicism (Cambridge University Press, 2012), traces the relationship between cynicism and enlightenment in eighteenth-century French thought. Her second book, An Impossible Dream? Racial Integration in the United States (Oxford University Press, 2017) engages critically with conceptions of racial integration in contemporary political, philosophical, and legal discourse.  She is currently working on a new project that juxtaposes the U.S. discourse of post-racialism to the Brazilian discourse of racial democracy. She was awarded the Early Career Research Award in 2012, a Dunavant Professorship in 2014-2017, and a Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016. She teaches classes in modern and contemporary political thought, U.S. political thought, feminist political thought, race and politics, and constitutional law.

Research Interests

Modern and contemporary political thought; critical Enlightenment studies; critical race theory; African-American political thought; Latin American political thought

Teaching Interests/Fields

Modern and contemporary political thought; American political thought; Feminist political thought; Race and Politics in the United States; Constitutional Law, Race and Politics in the Americas

Education

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2006; M.A. University of California, Berkeley, 2000; B.A., summa cum laude in Government and Linguistics, Dartmouth College, 1999.

Publications

BOOK:

An Impossible Dream? Racial Integration in the United States. Oxford University Press, 2017. 

The French Enlightenment and the Emergence of Modern Cynicism. Cambridge University Press, 2012.

ARTICLES:

"Alternative Temporalities: U.S. Post-Racialism and Brazilian Racial Democracy," Theory & Event, forthcoming Summer 2018.

"John Stuart Mill, Children's Liberty, and the Unraveling of Autonomy," Review of Politics 79.1 (January 2017): 49-72.

"The Enduring Challenge of Racial Integration in the United States," Du Bois Review, forthcoming 2015.

"Toward a Reconciliation of Integration and Racial Solidarity," Contemporary Political Theory 13.1 (February 2014): 46-63.

"Hermits and Cynics in the Enlightenment: Rousseau and Rameau's Nephew," Eighteenth Century Thought 4 (July 2009): 311-345.

"Unraveling Natural Utopia: Diderot's Supplement to the Voyage of Bougainville," Political Theory 37.2 (April 2009): 266-289.

"Retreat from Politics: The Cynic in Modern Times," Polity 39.3 (July 2007): 384-407.

Experience

Professor in Department of Political Science (Fall 2017-present); Associate Professor in Department of Political Science (Fall 2012-2017); Assistant Professor in Department of Political Science (Fall 2006-2012); Graduate Coordinator for Department of Political Science (Fall 2014-present); Representative to Graduate Council for Department of Political Science (Fall 2014-present); Undergraduate Coordinator for Department of Political Science (Fall 2012-Spring 2014); Representative to Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for Department of Political Science (Fall 2012-Spring 2014); Faculty Senator for Department of Political Science (Fall 2008 – Spring 2012)