Department of Political Science, Queens College

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

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


Alyson Cole is Professor of Political Science, Women & Gender Studies, and American Studies at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Cole’s work bridges 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—with an examination of political ideologies, rhetoric, and law/policy-making, emphasizing gender, sexuality, and race.
Cole’s books include: The Cult of True Victimhood: From the War on Welfare to the War on Terror (Stanford University Press), Derangement and Liberalism (Routledge Press), and How Capitalism Forms Our Lives (Routledge Press). Her articles have appeared in journals such as Signs, American Studies, Theory & Event, Feminist Studies, Michigan Law Review, Gender, Work & Organization, Les Cahiers du Genre, Critical Horizons, European Journal of Cultural Studies, and WSQ.

Cole is co-editor of Polity, Journal of Political Science and of philoSOPHIA: A Journal of transContinental Feminism. She is also a member of the editorial boards of Politics & Gender Women’s Studies Quarterly, and International Journal of Criminology & Sociological Theory. A recipient of the 2008 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a Mellon Resident Fellowship at the Humanities Center (2009-10). Cole currently serves as a principal scholar in the “Vulnerable & Dynamic Forms of Life” International Network of Research, an interdisciplinary research collective supported by funding from the National Center for Scientific Research. The Executive Officer of the PhD/MA Program in Political Science at the Graduate Center, Cole is also a member of the Activist Educators Collective of the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault.

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)