Department of Political Science, Queens College

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

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


Alyson Cole is a professor of Political Science, Women & Gender Studies, and American Studies at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Cole’s research and teaching bridge political theory and American politics/culture, linking central questions of political thought—especially formulations of justice, the nature of vulnerability, precarity and subjugation, and the possibility of resistance or change—with an examination of concrete political ideologies, rhetoric, and law/policy-making, emphasizing gender, sexuality 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). Her articles have appeared in SignsAmerican Studies, Feminist Studies, the Michigan Law Review, Gender, Work & Organization, Les Cahiers du Genre, Critical Horizons, the National Women’s Studies Association Journal, and, most recently, “Precarious Politics: Anzaldúa’s Reparative Reworking” WSQ 2017 and “All of Us are Vulnerable, But Some are More Vulnerable Than Others Critical Horizons 2016.
Cole is co-editor of philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism, and on the editorial boards of Women’s Studies Quarterly, and International Journal of Criminology & Sociological Theory. She is the recipient of the 2008 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, a Mellon Resident Fellowship at the Humanities Center (2009-10), and currently serves as a principal scholar in the “Vulnerable & Dynamic Forms of Life” International Network of Research, an interdisciplinary research collective supported by the National Center for Scientific Research. She also serves as the Executive Officer of the PhD/MA Program in Political Science at the Graduate Center.

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)