Department of Political Science, Queens College

Alyson Cole
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Phone: (718) 997-5492
Office: 200X Powdermaker Hall

The recipient of the 2008 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Alyson M. Cole has been at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, since 2002. Her research and teaching interests bridge political theory and American politics/culture. Cole’s work links central questions of political thought—especially formulations of justice, the nature of subjugation, and the possibility of resistance or change—with an examination of concrete political ideologies, rhetoric, and law/policy-making, emphasizing aspects of subject-formation, gender and race/ethnicity.

Cole is the author of The Cult of True Victimhood: From the War on Welfare to the War on Terror (Stanford University Press, 2007). Her articles have appeared in American Studies, Feminist Studies, the Michigan Law Review, and the National Women’s Studies Association Journal. She is on the editorial boards of Women’s Studies Quarterly and International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory.

Current Political Controversies (PSCI 102), Introduction to Political Thought (PSCI 105), Core Concepts in Political Theory (PSCI 271), Contemporary Political Thought (PSCI 274), Feminist Political Theory (PSCI 276), Identity Politics and Its Discontents (PSCI 279), Victims' Rights (PSCI 382), Vulnerable Subjects: The Politics of Victimhood (PSCI 386)